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cardinal numberNorth American
A very large number or quantity (used jocularly or for emphasis)‘I'd like to sell gazillions of books’
- ‘There are gazillions of different tarot decks, but don't feel lost: it depends on your personal taste.’
- ‘Well, in lieu of answering this question a gazillion times individually, let me try to answer it here…’
- ‘She was odd - is odd - especially when compared with the little flowy-white-dresses-and-pretty-flowers pictures of angels, but hey, she's worth gazillions of them!’
- ‘I know they get kazillions of entries, because the cartoonists I recently tormented with questions said so.’
- ‘We've got money to burn and whole industries have grown up around us because there are just gazillions of dollars up for grabs.’
- ‘He says he'll let us know how many gazillions these items will cost us after the November elections.’
- ‘The first thing I would do is to make sure that at least one of the gazillion of phone numbers on our website would reach a real live person.’
- ‘Do we become more tired, more staid, as we get older because our energy is scattered over a gazillion different presents in a gazillion different realities?’
- ‘It's home to gazillions of yellow-lipped sea kraits, striped, three-foot nasties with flattened tails and sealable nostrils enabling them to swim underwater every night while they feast on eels.’
- ‘Of the gazillion times I've looked at the Bill of Rights, I've not seen the portion that addresses confidentiality of reading interests.’
- ‘I know, of course, that there are kazillions of young (and married-young couples) who still adore each other so giddily they couldn't even un-hug long enough to write to me.’
- ‘Why not do some research, screen some little-known or largely forgotten films (honestly, those are often more intriguing than the ones that took home gazillions at the box office) and tell us something we don't already know?’
- ‘Look, if every powerful, semi-obnoxious, egotistical kazillionaire gives much of his kazillions away to charity, the world will be a much better place.’
- ‘It's a book that gave me nightmares as a kid, and fired the imaginations of thousands, if not gazillions of children and adults alike.’
- ‘There must be a bazillion gazillion of the things.’
- ‘There are gazillions of webcams out there, and soon to be millions of cell phones that will support video.’
- ‘Next, force people to repay usurious loans to credit card companies that make gazillions off the fine print.’
- ‘You may be the only one you've heard about in your own community, but there are kazillions of you spread all over this country - and you may be surprised to find out they're just as normal as you are.’
- ‘This gives us a toy model of a deterministic Democritean universe, in which kazillions of bits get flipped in sequence, governed by a fixed physics.’
- ‘Since I have gazillions of the old ones, though, I'll have to find a use for them.’
1970s: fanciful formation on the pattern of billion and million.
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