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passel

[pas-uh l] /ˈpæs əl/
noun, Informal.
1.
a group or lot of indeterminate number:
a passel of dignitaries.
Origin of passel
1825-1835
First recorded in 1825-35; alteration of parcel
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  • Jest over the hill you'll run into a passel of our fellers, but pay no 'tention to 'em.

    The Rock of Chickamauga Joseph A. Altsheler
  • They hung around her like a passel of gulls around a herring boat.

    Cape Cod Stories Joseph C. Lincoln
  • You take a passel of college fellers, like you want to hire for waiters.

    Cape Cod Stories Joseph C. Lincoln
  • It makes me laugh now t' think how that passel o' Injuns stared!

    The Gaunt Gray Wolf Dillon Wallace
  • His glance slid past Nicole and Frank and their passel of kids.

    Shaman Robert Shea
  • They only seeks ter beguile us with a passel of fair-seemin' lies.

    The Roof Tree Charles Neville Buck
  • He'll be taller'n a house, the Old Nick himself with a passel of demons.

    Wilderness of Spring Edgar Pangborn
British Dictionary definitions for passel

passel

/ˈpæsəl/
noun
1.
(informal or dialect, mainly US) a group or quantity of no fixed number
Word Origin
variant of parcel
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Word Origin and History for passel
n.

1835, dialectal variant of parcel (n.).

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