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From pail +‎ -ful.


pailful (plural pailfuls or pailsful)

  1. The amount that fills, or would fill, a pail. [from 16th c.]
    • c. 1610, William Shakespeare, The Tempest, First Folio 1623, act 2 scene 2:
      if it should thunder, as it did before, I know not where to hide my head: yond same cloud cannot choose but fall by pailefuls.
    • 1952, Doris Lessing, Martha Quest, Panther 1974, p. 118:
      McGrath's lounge was a vast brownish room, with a beige ceiling of heavy plaster divided into squares […] and finally swabbed with pailfuls of gilt.