from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A very small quantity.
- n. The amount that a thimble can hold.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. As much as a thimble will hold.
- n. A small amount of liquid, especially alcoholic spirits.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. As much as a thimble will hold; a very small quantity.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. As much as a thimble will hold; hence, a very small quantity.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. as much as a thimble will hold
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She was suffering from rheumatism, and required treatment with a 'thimbleful' of vodka which loosened her tongue.
He called in at the bar to obtain his favourite "thimbleful" of cognac, and there he found a very agreeable landlady, with whom he got into conversation respecting the accident.
Taking my "thimbleful" of chocolate, I retreated to a corner where I could sit and sip and take observations unobserved.
But when he had finished his "thimbleful" of tobacco, and shaken out its ashes carefully, he looked at Phyllis with a face full of renewed interest, and said,
He was too profoundly strong to be affected by a thimbleful.
A magnificent, delectable fish and chips combination, but it was practically a thimbleful.
The thimbleful of audience members for CMO does not seem important to them.
He had tasted it as a prisoner of war in Germany, and the wine, a thimbleful in a mustard jar, was underripe and short on the finish.
I cud kill the man that gave ye sorrow, were it but a thimbleful, an 'go plump into hell with a smile on me face an' joy in me heart.
But with recent advances in bioanalysis, scientists are now able to isolate a thimbleful of a liquid poured into Lake Erie.