Definitions

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  • noun Plural form of pailful.

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Examples

  • These were hardly 'pailfuls'; but gold is an article which adds fervour to the imagination and almost creates a power for romance.

    John Caldigate

  • Intelligence fills the brain with more of these elements; like the child with pailfuls of Legos, the highly intelligent person has a greater chance of forming the novel combinations of ideas, images or symbols that constitute a masterpiece than does someone with a mere starter set.

    The Puzzle Of Genius

  • If it should thunder as it did before, I know not where to hide my head: yond same cloud cannot choose but fall by pailfuls.

    The Tempest

  • I was surprised to see how thirsty the bricks were which drank up all the moisture in my plaster before I had smoothed it, and how many pailfuls of water it takes to christen a new hearth.

    Walden

  • These were hardly ‘pailfuls’; but gold is an article which adds fervour to the imagination and almost creates a power for romance.

    John Caldigate

  • Rain is descending in pailfuls, and it is such a soaking kind of rain that — that you might catch cold from it, my darling, and the chill might go to your heart.

    Poor Folk

  • Above eighteen pailfuls or two of it are got down my gullet; bous, bhous, bhous, bhous, how damned bitter and salt it is!

    Five books of the lives, heroic deeds and sayings of Gargantua and his son Pantagruel

  • Above eighteen pailfuls or two of it are got down my gullet; bous, bhous, bhous, bhous, how damned bitter and salt it is!

    Five books of the lives, heroic deeds and sayings of Gargantua and his son Pantagruel

  • I imagined Dandy Boy drinking pailfuls of it and afterward rearing up like a cowboy's horse.

    Borrowed Finery, A Memoir

  • Food is cheap and seems to be plentiful; and inexplicably in the Dry Zone, four hundred miles long and seventy-five broad, where it had not rained for over five months, one sees Burmese pouring pailfuls of water over their heads to cool themselves (I tried it: one shivers with cold for a minute and then dries and continues to gasp and perspire in the heat).

    Burma

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