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 Punchy after all those hours in the basement, the small production staff entertained themselves between picks by pouring out hundreds of M&M’s, giving the impression Goodell had gorged them by the fistful. Los Angeles Times, 7 Sep. 2021 So not what lots and lots and lots of fans were dying to hear, but coaches and managers usually stick with logic, not hunches, not Tinkerbell, a sprinkle of catchy music and a fistful of pixie dust., 9 June 2021 Simone Biles isn’t going home with a fistful of gold medals. Will Graves, The Christian Science Monitor, 3 Aug. 2021 Another Friday, another workweek behind us, and everyone knows the best way to celebrate the coming weekend is with a fistful of dance music delights. Kat Bein, Billboard, 23 July 2021 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

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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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18 Sep 2021

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“Fistful.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Sep. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of fistful

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

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