from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Informal A large quantity or group: "The President faces a passel of domestic issues” ( Christian Science Monitor).
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. An indeterminately large quantity or group.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An obsolete or dialectal form of parcel.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. (often followed by `of') a large number or amount or extent
All I know is someone used the word passel in a sentence, and I like it.
Umlaut knew the word passel because he had heard Demon Professor Grossclout use it once.
These being enough admired, I had next to be told that I wouldn't believe how many folks was certain she had retired to the country because she was lazy, just keeping a few head of cattle for diversion -- she that had six thousand acres of land under fence, and had made a going concern _per diem_ of it for thirty years, even if parties did make cracks about her gates; but hardly ever getting a good night's sleep through having a "passel" of men to run it that you couldn't depend on -- though God only knew where you could find any other sort -- the minute your back was turned.
Guy Ritchie (directing), and a passel of low life characters, violence, and dark humor.
These include epilepsy, fibromyalgia, various interesting respiratory things, a whole passel of cormorbid conditions piggybacking on the fibro, et cetera - but for the purposes of this meme, I'm going to focus on the epilepsy, as it's less common.
Now a whole passel of them — Landrieu, Bayh, Lincoln, Lieberman, Pryor, Begich, Nelson, McCaskill — have expressed varying levels of unease with the idea.
The protagonist is divorced from his wife, has a passel of adult kids with various issues, and a new girlfriend whose adult daughter regards him as a father, too.
And Waters warns of another possibility: A split field consisting of Allen and a passel of hard-liners might well lure a moderate into the race.
There are also a passel of House Republicans who could make a play for the seat.
But a passel of TV chatters and newspaper columnists and guys are accustomed to basking in the glow offered by people doing real reporting.