Definitions

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  • n. As many people as a town can hold.

Etymologies

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town +‎ -ful

Examples

  • Each one makes a sound like a whole townful of ravens in the country I come from.

    The Best American Poetry 2010

  • Soon the wee beasties come across a townful of unsuspecting humans, and hilarity ensues.

    Archive 2008-01-01

  • Spock must be at the end of his endurance, he thought, to admit dependence on a townful of frontier humans—to admit to the weakness of not knowing what to do.

    Ishmael

  • Trish could nearly imagine bonding to one human being, or two; never needing to guess the thoughts of a townful of people, each of them in control of a child's life.

    Beowulf's Children

  • Every once in a while, perhaps from a sudden heart hunger, Frank would select from a whole townful of human beings some one soul for friendship.

    Green Valley

  • I don't want to have to divide the profits with a whole townful of people.

    Gossamer 1915

  • It still remains a mystery that, out of a townful of folk, two particular hearts should worry themselves into early graves because this one cannot get that other.

    Hints for Lovers

  • Yet the conduct of drunkards even at home is always matter for anxiety; and at home our populations are not armed from the highest to the lowest with revolvers and repeating rifles, neither do we go on a debauch by the whole townful -- and I might rather say, by the whole polity -- king, magistrates, police, and army joining in one common scene of drunkenness.

    In the South Seas

  • Her restless spirit craved excitement and freedom: a townful of admirers, with Chunk thrown in, was an exceedingly alluring prospect.

    Miss Lou

  • Think about it: you've got a fucking townful of zombies!

    Nicholas Weinstock: 2010

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