American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The load that an airplane is capable of carrying.
- n. As much, or as many, as a plane can carry
- plane + load (Wiktionary)
“Which makes the news, a single automobile death or a planeload of people dead?”
“Precisely at noon, just as Reagan began to recite the oath of office, the planeload of Americans was permitted to take off.”
“And so the prime minister will follow the example of Merkel when he lands in South Africa on Monday morning with a planeload of 25 British business leaders.”
“Demoralized by the McCarthy witch hunts at the State Department, the embassy staff feared Donovan was invading with a planeload of OSS spooks to take over the diplomatic mission.”
“The night Gadhafi — then a junior officer who would later promote himself to colonel — ousted King Idriss, the first planeload of official visitors to land in Tripoli was from Egypt.”
“Readers, remember that in the days after the 9/11 attack -- in which virtually all the perpetrators were of Saudi origin -- the Saudi ambassador Prince Bandar persuaded high-level figures in the Bush administration to allow a planeload of Saudis to leave this country without being questioned by the FBI.”
“But, on the other hand, there's nothing like a few carefully marshalled talking heads – Steve Richards was the one waving the ping-pong bats at a planeload of regretful ex-ministers – for putting one's lost luggage into perspective.”
“He was a pilot and he did fly a planeload of water purifiers and supplies to Haiti in 2005, following a flood that devastated the island.”
“It's the second pilot who becomes vital during emergencies — and gives passengers the assurance that if one person has a heart attack or the flu, a planeload of people wouldn't be endangered.”
“We then returned with a planeload of a team of exhausted Miami Fire rescue.”
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