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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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 The fistful is plentiful, and the muddling is vigorous. Dakota Kim, Sunset, "How to Mix the Bounty of Nature into the Wildest Cocktails Ever," 22 Jan. 2018 Nails only need 60 seconds to dry, which is good news for anyone who wants to grab a fistful of jelly beans with one hand while giving themselves a manicure with the other. Leah Prinzivalli, Allure, "Sally Hansen Partnered With Jelly Belly for the Sweetest Beauty Collab You Can't Actually Eat," 15 Mar. 2019 And dermatologists agree that everyone needs to take a fistful of chill pills over eliminating their smile lines, aka crow's-feet. Loren Savini, Allure, "Does Smiling Cause Wrinkles? No, and "Resting Bitch Face" Doesn't Prevent Them," 10 Oct. 2018 But the kids generally got the hang of it fairly quickly, usually after a few fistfuls of throttle that instilled a healthy respect for the bike's power. Ezra Dyer, Popular Mechanics, "Why the Honda CRF50F Is the Quintessential Starter Dirt Bike," 28 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of fistful

1611, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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