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  • n. As much as a coach will hold.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. As many as a coach will hold.


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coach +‎ -ful


  • Death contrives to kill more interchangeable teens in ingeniously sadistic ways after a coachful of them miraculously escape a collapsing bridge.

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  • Take my advice, my good sir, and disinterestedly contrive that once or twice a quarter your most dexterous whip shall overturn a coachful of these superfluous travellers, IN TERROREM to those who, as Horace says,

    Chronicles of the Canongate

  • Now I stopped to look at a merry party hurrying through the snow on foot to their place of meeting, and now turned back to see a whole coachful of children safely deposited at the welcome house.

    Master Humphrey's Clock

  • Castle Brady (and a pretty ugly coachful they were) were invited.

    The Memoires of Barry Lyndon

  • And at once, in the greatest delight the whole coachful of girls took up the chorus they knew so well, and chanted It all the way down to the station.

    Summer Term At St Clare's

  • The Place de la République seemed as motionless as on a picture post-card and only one coachful of tourists lent it animation.

    Maigret's Little Joke

  • Wood of Boulogne, sometimes racing with the young bloods to whom my uncle had introduced me, sometimes checking my horse to a gentle canter beside a coachful of Faubourg St. Germain beauties, exchanging merry compliments with the brilliant and witty mothers while I looked at the pretty daughters, who, for aught I knew, were as stupid as their mothers were brilliant, since they never opened their mouths.

    The Rose of Old St. Louis

  • A coachful of French _commis voyageurs_, assembled, after a ten hours 'fast, round the luxurious profusion and delicacies of a Languedocian dinner, would appear mere babes and sucklings in the eating way, compared to a party of Germans at their one o'clock feed.

    Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine - Volume 55, No. 343, May 1844

  • But she is so delighted with her guards, her four-and-twenty footmen, gentlemen ushers, etc., that she would rather die than make me a visit without them: not to reckon a coachful of attending damsels yclep'd maids of honour.

    Selected English Letters

  • On horseback, with the semblance of a fire-arm, a man may easily challenge a coachful of women.

    A Book of Scoundrels


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