Arnold Zwicky zwicky at STANFORD.EDU
Wed Apr 15 17:17:00 UTC 2009

"a basketful" is often used to convey 'a lot'.  here are some examples
which have moved on to things that couldn't be put in an actual basket:

New York Times commentary by Eduardo Porter, "The Perils of Progress",
3/30/09, p. A26:

Still, I can't help thinking that repackaging the future as a
basketful of promise is a con.


... the band is a kind of nose-thumbing, willfully tuneless, acid-
damaged, psychedelic noise unit very much akin to early Butthole
Surfers or San Francisco’s legendary Flipper ...


Our president came bearing a basketful of mea culpas.


Gulfnews: a basketful of delights

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