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fistful

[fist-foo l] /ˈfɪst fʊl/
noun, plural fistfuls.
1.
a handful:
a fistful of pennies.
Origin
1605-1615
1605-15; fist1 + -ful
Usage note
See -ful.
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Examples from the web for fistful
  • My father reached into his pockets, digging out a fistful of change.
  • As a rough test for this moisture level, it should be possible to squeeze a few drops of water from a fistful of leaves.
  • Four years ago, she had a fistful of hair in her hands, but the gold medal was out of reach.
  • Brewer could be looking at a fistful of consecutive starts.
Word Origin and History for fistful
n.

1610s, from fist (n.) + -ful.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for fistful

fistful

noun
  1. A handful, usually a large amount: I've got a fistful of overdue bills (1611+)
  2. A large amount of money: The digital stereo set me back a fistful (1950s+)
  3. A five-year prison sentence (1940s+ Underworld)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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Word Value for fistful

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