Definition of bucketload in English:



  • 1As much as can be held by a bucket.

    • ‘Workers in bright-yellow hard hats are beavering away, moving bucketloads of stones in wheelbarrows and trying to clear a pile of rubble with a digger.’
    • ‘Sitting in the cab, a child grabs the control sticks and the operator puts his hands over the child's. Together they dig, move and dump two bucketloads of sand before the next excited child get his or her turn.’
    • ‘The last two days have been spent with regular trips down to the cellar to remove 3-10 bucketloads of water at a time, depending on how the water table was at that instant.’
    • ‘The old practice of specifying a straight 10% amendment by volume (that is, one front end loader bucketload of loose peat mixed with nine bucketloads of sand) is giving way to more precise specifications.’
    • ‘As the crane operator hoisted a bucketload of concrete, swung it over the roof, and boomed out toward the empty forms, the crane lost stability, tipping toward the victim.’
    1. 1.1informal A large quantity.
      ‘he scoops up business donations by the bucketload’
      • ‘Sure, his wines have picked up a bucketload of medals in Australia, but to get a room full of hacks purring in agreement over the quality is perhaps something this straight-talking Aussie hadn't expected.’
      • ‘It was a debate that set the pages of the Bolton Evening News on fire and sparked letters of outrage by the bucketload.’
      • ‘Big Japanese series always spawn bucketloads of merchandise, especially with the Japanese who have such inventive manufacturers and such eager customers.’
      • ‘Dungeons are more than enemy spawn points; they reward players with special loot, bucketloads of experience, and story elements.’
      • ‘Wildlife, waterfalls, vineyards, superb cuisine, wonderful shopping in the capital Hobart, a warm welcome and history by the bucketload.’
      • ‘This fact alone should guarantee the first episode viewers by the bucketload and suggests that BBC Scotland are taking their product very seriously indeed.’
      • ‘The ability to steer and brake your way out of trouble is what I mean by Primary Safety and the new Benz has it in bucketloads.’
      • ‘He's got a great look, bucketloads of charisma, a very solid move-set and a stunning finisher.’
      • ‘The administration, sick of handing out bucketloads of late slips, secretly made school start five minutes later than the advertised 8:30.’
      • ‘But since his own daughter's death, he has dredged bucketloads of remorse from the depths of his own soul, and no longer sees the world in black and white terms.’
      • ‘Not everyone will use a pay-per-message email system however - and ‘free’ alternatives will remain for those willing to put up with bucketloads of spam.’
      • ‘Think about rain or getting stuck at the traffic lights behind a bus billowing bucketloads of smoke straight at you.’
      • ‘It would not hurt to have some rain, but obviously we do not want bucketloads.’
      • ‘Old enough to enjoy the benefit of hindsight, we are also young enough to use that knowledge to dramatically change our futures; and with that potential comes a bucketload of angst.’
      • ‘This place is a slice of Madrid history and has atmosphere by the bucketload.’
      • ‘The great catchy songs that they used produce by the bucketload are gone, and in their place is a set of somewhat mismatched tracks, which succeeds in sections, but fails as an album.’
      • ‘If Florence Nightingale were still with us, she might devote her life to shedding bucketloads of tears at the sight of poor standards of nursing in some hospitals.’
      • ‘OK, well of course we will pay you a bucketload of cash.’
      • ‘Both defences certainly seemed to take their eye off the object in question during an opening half-hour in which their footing looked to be about as firm as the bucketloads of sand sprinkled on the pitch.’
      • ‘Poor people are given bucketloads of money so they can become middle class.’