One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
- ‘This enormous book of 552 pages, closely printed, is almost a shelfful of books collected in one volume.’
- ‘Yet in the midst of all this I also have several shelf-fuls of gifts which he will not use.’
- ‘‘There are virtually shelf-fuls of compounds capable of acting in an antioxidant fashion,’ says Thies.’
- ‘But once started on the path of learning, he rapidly got together quite a respectable shelfful of books, which bore unmistakable proofs of much usage.’
- ‘I loan out shelf-fuls of DVDs to my friends.’
- ‘Almost every one of the shelfful of books he has published since the early 1970s has explored these themes in one way or another.’
- ‘These things tend to discourage purchase - who wants to have a shelfful of dead ideas?’
- ‘This section contains a shelf-ful of really good ones, both fiction (by Muslim authors) and nonfiction.’
- ‘For instance, I have a shelf-ful of electronic gizmos - bought and paid-for - that I have never managed to make use of.’
- ‘There was not a shelfful of books on, say, how to give a talk in public, as there is now; there was usually none.’
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