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basketful

[bas-kit-foo l, bah-skit-] /ˈbæs kɪtˌfʊl, ˈbɑ skɪt-/
noun, plural basketfuls.
1.
a sufficient quantity to fill a basket; the amount contained in a basket.
2.
any considerable quantity:
a basketful of surprises.
Origin of basketful
1565-1575
First recorded in 1565-75; basket + -ful
Usage note
See -ful.
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  • Many a basketful has been brought to me to be identified with the hope of their edibility.

  • Bring in a basketful o' them Rome Beauties for Mr. Bennett to take home with him.

  • Just as they were leaving the cottage she came forward with a basketful of lovely apples.

    Grandmother Dear

    Mrs. Molesworth
  • "Now for Rackle Roy and a basketful of glashins and lithe," said Maurice.

    The Northern Iron George A. Birmingham
  • Could a man eat as much as he did—all our basketful of food?

    Morning Star H. Rider Haggard
  • I will bring you a basketful of apples, chocolates, and a peach or two.

    Girls of the Forest L. T. Meade
  • Often on board the steamer a woman brings a basketful to sell.

  • If you desire it, I will present you with a basketful of roses this instant.

    The White Rose of Memphis William C. Falkner
  • He bought a basketful and offered it to Kanai and myself, who were near-by.

    Autobiography of a YOGI Paramhansa Yogananda
  • From underground there comes, by the basketful and sackful, a sort of round root.

    Insect Adventures J. Henri Fabre

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