fist·​ful | \ ˈfist-ˌfu̇l How to pronounce fistful (audio) \

Definition of fistful

1 : handful a fistful of coins
2 : a considerable number or amount a whole fistful of musicians— Thomas Lask

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Examples of fistful in a Sentence

She has won a fistful of awards. repairing the roof is going to cost a fistful of money
Recent Examples on the Web Bespoke service by an English-speaking staff of 12 Cambodians in their 20s led to enthusiastic reviews from travelers and a fistful of hospitality awards. Next Avenue, Forbes, 4 June 2021 The women’s team is the most diverse that the U.S. has ever sent to an Olympics, and represents a blend of power and precision that could bring back a fistful of medals and maintain Team USA’s dominance in the sport. Alice Park, Time, 28 June 2021 And Lee has a chance to come home with a fistful of hardware too. Will Graves,, 27 June 2021 And Lee has a chance to come home with a fistful of hardware too. Will Graves, Chron, 27 June 2021 Along the way, there’ve been numerous international tours, dozens of recordings, and a fistful of Grammys. Malcolm Gay,, 18 June 2021 After dropping their latest track and music video, BTS has already squished the competition like a fistful of so much dairy. Halle Kiefer, Vulture, 21 May 2021 The Board Game attempted to reimagine a showdown with Dr. Wiley with a fistful of dice to middling results. Luke Winkie, Wired, 9 June 2021 Teleported Bonus: Among other things, a good fistful of the sticky, taffy-like candy Zaza, a Brazillian treat. Piers Marchant, Arkansas Online, 14 May 2021

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First Known Use of fistful

1611, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of fistful was in 1611

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20 Jul 2021

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“Fistful.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 31 Jul. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of fistful

: an amount that can be held in one hand
: a somewhat large number or amount

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