[ UK /ʃˈʌvə‍lfə‍l/ ]
  1. the quantity a shovel can hold
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How To Use shovelful In A Sentence

  • Don't you hesitate a minute now, Mr. Knapp," said old Mrs. Hennessy heartily; "if it's no more than to put a shovelful of coal on the kitchen fire, you call 14 ring 32 and I'll be right over. Archive 2009-01-01
  • Every shovelful of dirt taken from the floodway increases its capacity to carry excess water to the north.
  • She'd lied herself into a hole as it was, one more shovelful wouldn't hurt. COLDHEART CANYON
  • Should I put another shovelful of coal on the fire?
  • Twenty cents, thirty cents, fifty cents, sixty cents, were the values of the gold found in the pans, and at nightfall he washed his banner pan, which gave him a dollar's worth of gold-dust from a shovelful of dirt. All Gold Canon
  • It's just booful, the way it peters out," he exulted when a shovelful of dirt contained no more than a single speck of gold. All Gold Canon
  • There are plenty of bacteria, fungi, and other critters in a shovelful of soil or finished compost to get things cooking.
  • And then one chill afternoon, sitting buttock to buttock with Fawn Greenstreet — Bodhi — on one side of him and Karuna on the other, staring through the long-nosed ascetic face of Geshe Stephen and digging inward, shovelful by shovelful, bup-bup-bah came to him. The Silence
  • He had taken a shovelful of embers from the fire, and now he tossed them at her so that she had to dance about to escape the sparks. The Camp Fire Girls in the Woods, or Bessie King's First Council Fire
  • The number of self-proclaimed experts on the internet only proves the point that one should take advice with a "shovelful" of salt. A Shovelful of Salt, Part II: Trigger Weight and Gun Safety
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