Definition of sackful in English:



  • 1The quantity of something held by a sack.

    ‘a sackful of rice’
    • ‘Next door the grocer has piles of fresh fruit, 2lb bags of apples for a quid, every herb you see on Ready Steady Cook or AWT's garden, sackfuls of potatoes of every variety, all displayed in wicker baskets.’
    • ‘Most vendors arrive by the droves from villages every day, carrying sackfuls of vegetables.’
    • ‘A Health board faces the threat of prosecution and a hefty fine following the discovery of several sackfuls of waste in a field near one of its clinics.’
    • ‘A sackful of medals followed, and his partnership with John Toshack is still talked about by misty-eyed Liverpool fans even today.’
    • ‘A gang of Chinese immigrants, face deportation after being caught stealing sackfuls of protected cockles from a Scottish beach.’
    • ‘Under cover of darkness, and armed with sackfuls of rubbish, he wreaks havoc on the tidy town's effort, dumping in areas which have recently been cleaned up by local environmentalists.’
    • ‘A ballad that Thompson plays live tells Shakespeare's tale of the King of France sending Henry V a sackful of tennis balls, insinuating that he should be playing games, not fighting wars.’
    • ‘They don't fool me in their red vans and their long white beards and their false ho ho ho laughs, coming down your chimney at Christmas with sackfuls of letters.’
    • ‘Only a man with a dodgy moustache, a sinister glint in his eye and a sackful of puppies in the boot of his car is likely to raise their suspicions.’
    • ‘While all this was under way, out of the white dimness came the contractor, carrying four wooden stakes, a heavy sackful of something, and two bottles of sake; and knowing exactly what to do.’
    • ‘Peter Townend, pictured, who owns South End Hall on Tickhill Street, off Leeds Road, arrived at work yesterday to find sackfuls of refuse blocking the entrance to his premises.’
    • ‘The contingent from the Royal Regiment - formerly the Lancashire Fusiliers - brought a sackful of cuddly toys to hand out as presents.’
    • ‘Mr Gallagher said Mrs Gillard was then bombarded with flowers and chocolates and sackfuls of junk mail at the home she shared with her husband Alaric.’
    • ‘As word of Balboa's discovery spread, other Spaniards headed for the Gulf of Panama and returned with sackfuls of pearls.’
    • ‘One stall sold a dozen different types of beancurd; others displayed great sackfuls of glossy red chillies and pink Sichuan pepper, or enormous clay urns filled with rice wine.’
    • ‘I insist on being read each and every one, so that I may duly reward each well-wisher with a sackful of sugar beets from the Zweibel ancestral home in Prussia.’
    • ‘The guard, who had been speaking frantically into some kind of communicating device, fell like a sackful of potatoes.’
    • ‘When Edward O'Reilly bought the manuscript library of the poet and scribe Muiris Ó Gormáin in 1794 it amounted to five sackfuls.’
    1. 1.1British A large number or amount of something.
      ‘they've got a sackful of valuable entertainment copyrights’
      ‘there was plenty for dessert—apricots and mulberries by the sackful’