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Examples of passel in a Sentence
reporters had a whole passel of questions for the new basketball coach
the young couple had a passel of babies in the span of a few years
Recent Examples of passel from the Web
Beijing then threatened 25% tariffs on U.S. soybeans shortly after the U.S. targeted a passel of Chinese goods for alleged violation of U.S. intellectual property laws.
In its fourth year, the three-day music festival boasts major stars of the genre as well as a passel of up-and-coming acts.
Instead, the kids politely stumbled their way through the passel of old gadgets, doggedly trying to figure out some of the technical challenges of the time.
LinkedIn is about to roll out a passel of features aimed at drawing people regularly.
Michael, one of six siblings, had a passel of nieces and nephews; Lou worked with foster kids at a social service agency.
Guests included representatives of the Boys & Girls Clubs, Ramona Chamber of Commerce, Ramona Rotary Club, the Conrad Prebys Trust and a passel of children of all ages.
On his show, Carlson mocks and verbally body-slams those who disagree with him, a passel of easy marks such as Democratic politicians, well-meaning liberal activists, and young reporters.
Traffic is likely to be worse Monday afternoon after the eclipse passes and a passel of folks who arrived during a three-day period decide to leave all at once.
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passel and Parcel
The loss of the sound of "r" after a vowel and before another consonant in the middle of a word is common in spoken English. This linguistic idiosyncrasy has given our language a few new words, such as cuss from curse, bust from burst, and our featured word passel from parcel. The spelling passel originated in the 15th century, but the word's use as a collective noun for an indefinite number is a 19th-century Americanism. It was common primarily in local-color writing before getting a boost in the 1940s, when it began appearing in popular weekly magazines such as Time, Newsweek, and Saturday Review.
abundance, barrel, basketful, boatload, bucket, bunch, bundle, bushel, carload, chunk, deal, dozen, fistful, gobs, good deal, heap, hundred, loads, lot, mass, mess, mountain, much, multiplicity, myriad, oodles, pack, peck, pile, plateful, plenitude, plentitude, plenty, pot, profusion, quantity, raft, reams, scads, sight, slew, spate, stack, store, ton, volume, wad, wealth, yard;
ace, bit, dab, dram, driblet, glimmer, handful, hint, lick, little, mite, mouthful, nip, ounce, peanuts, pinch, pittance, scruple, shade, shadow, smidgen (also smidgeon), speck, spot, sprinkle, sprinkling, strain, streak, tad, touch, trace;
all kinds (of), quite a bit;
PASSEL Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of passel for English Language Learners
: a large number or group of people or things
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