pocketful

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Etymology[edit]

From pocket +‎ -ful.

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pocketful (plural pocketsful or pocketfuls)

  1. The amount that a pocket would hold.
  2. (figuratively) A small or moderate amount.
    • 1986, Canada. Parliament, House of Commons Debates, Official Report
      This Government came in with a pocketful of promises. Every time the Prime Minister (Mr. Mulroney) saw two farmers at a crossroads he had five more promises to make.
    • 2003, James Marshall, Pocketful of Nonsense:
      Much more than a pocketful of fun awaits in this collection of rhymes and poems!

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