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

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Yang said in an interview, eating fistfuls of SkinnyPop as he was driven between a college rally and a podcast interview. Seema Mehta, Los Angeles Times, "Andrew Yang wants to give you $1,000 a month," 5 Sep. 2019 Plopping down a six on your advanced plasma rifle and throwing a fistful of attack dice is empowering. Charlie Theel, Ars Technica, "The new Terminator board game is actually worth your time," 20 July 2019 Lauren, 79, has received fistfuls of awards in a career spanning more than five decades and a record of philanthropy that has especially focused on treating and curing cancer. Maria Puente, USA TODAY, "Ralph Lauren gets honorary knighthood from Prince Charles but don't call him 'Sir Ralph'," 20 June 2019 In every logical way, that fistful of Forever 21 jewelry was basically worthless. Veronica Walsingham, Vox, "The best $42.92 I ever spent: a handful of junky Forever 21 jewelry," 23 July 2019 Like, a fistful from the Churchill Hotel in London? Zofia Smardz, Washington Post, "Souvenir matchbooks once were a hot item. Can they still rekindle travel memories?," 26 July 2019 Duszejko files complaint after complaint about the town’s laxly enforced hunting laws, ultimately storming the police station with a fistful of bloody bristles from a poached boar. Julian Lucas, Harper's magazine, "New Books," 22 July 2019 Between early 2001 and 2006 we were treated to a fistful of milestone Bonds home runs, their run-ups and aftermaths. Gary Peterson, The Mercury News, "Bud Selig bemoans having to follow Barry Bonds on record home run chase," 9 July 2019 On a decent day, the vein would produce a fistful of gold chips that could be exchanged for maybe a week’s food and supplies. Alma Guillermoprieto, The New York Review of Books, "A Reporting Life in Latin America," 6 June 2019

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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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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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