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n. Informal
A large quantity or group: "The President faces a passel of domestic issues" (Christian Science Monitor).

[Alteration of parcel.]
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informal or dialect chiefly US a group or quantity of no fixed number
[variant of parcel]
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(ˈpæs əl)

a group or lot of indeterminate number: a passel of kids.
[1825–35; variant of parcel; see cuss]
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 alternative for parcel.
Examples: passel of brats; of hogs; of young ones.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.passel - (often followed by `of') a large number or amount or extentpassel - (often followed by `of') a large number or amount or extent; "a batch of letters"; "a deal of trouble"; "a lot of money"; "he made a mint on the stock market"; "see the rest of the winners in our huge passel of photos"; "it must have cost plenty"; "a slew of journalists"; "a wad of money"
large indefinite amount, large indefinite quantity - an indefinite quantity that is above the average in size or magnitude
deluge, flood, inundation, torrent - an overwhelming number or amount; "a flood of requests"; "a torrent of abuse"
haymow - a mass of hay piled up in a barn for preservation
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Informal. An indeterminately great amount or number:
jillion, million (often used in plural), multiplicity, ream, trillion.
Informal: bushel, gob (often used in plural), heap (often used in plural), load (often used in plural), lot, oodles, peck, scad (often used in plural), slew, wad, zillion.
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[ˈpæsəl] N (US) → muchedumbre f
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n (US inf: = group, quantity) → (Un)menge f; (of people also) → Schar f
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References in classic literature ?
That child will like as not come here with a passel o' things borrowed from the rest o' the family.
"Shut the mosquito nettin' door tight behind you, so 's to keep the flies out; it ain't flytime yet, but I want you to start right; take your passel along with ye and then you won't have to come down for it; always make your head save your heels.
But the rest was on hand, and so they all come and shook hands with the king and thanked him and talked to him; and then they shook hands with the duke and didn't say nothing, but just kept a-smiling and bobbing their heads like a passel of sapheads whilst he made all sorts of signs with his hands and said "Goo-goo -- goo-goo- goo" all the time, like a baby that can't talk.
'Tweren't the women neither that tarred and feathered him - Marblehead women don't act that way - 'twas a passel o' men an' boys, an' they carted him araound town in an old dory till the bottom fell aout, an' Ireson he told 'em they'd be sorry for it some day.
But with Microsoft and a passel of others still in the game, there is more than enough to fill this family-friendly list of promising games.
If I rest a laundry basket against my hip, suddenly I'm a peasant woman, alone and widowed, raising a hungry passel of kids with the rent due.
Regardless, you and your so-called "grown-up" buddies can now have a whole passel of Rootin' Tootin' adventure following the release by Daisy Outdoor Products of the limited-issue, adult-sized 1938ARR Red Ryder.
A passel of hunting organisations has opposed the bill.
The clarinetist has performed with the world's leading chamber music players, appeared as a soloist with major orchestras, and premiered works by a passel of prominent composers.
population will rise to 438 million by 2050, up from 296 million in 2005, and that 82% of the growth during this time will be attributable to immigrants and their descendants (Passel & Cohn, 2008).
There's nothing wrong with that practice, and if you have a whole passel of dogs, it's probably necessary, if for no other reason than to keep your sanity.