Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts

a (busload/truckload) of

busload oftruckload of
Meaning(s)
1) a very large amount of sth, or lit. a bus/truck full of sth
  • How to MemorizePopularity HighProfessional HighSocial
    • a bus/truckload of people/boxes/computers
  • Analysis
    This idiomatic expression is a good example of 'hyperbole' or using exaggeration for stylistic effect. It is used as a way of expressing a magnitude or colossal amount of something. You would be more likely to hear 'a busload' to refer to a large number of people: "We were just about to close the cafe when a busload of people arrived looking for coffee and sandwiches." A 'truckload' might refer to objects or materials: "I was amazed by the truckload of donations made during our appeal for food last year." These are not literal expressions and it is generally accepted that they are used for effect, usually in colloquial or social situations.
  • Social Examples (Basic)
    1. They had just been delivered a truckload of computers and Tom had no idea where they were going to put them all.
    2. The hotel was about to get busy, because a busload of people had just arrived.
  • Social Examples (Basic)
    1. We put extra staff on when there is a match being played nearby. Busloads of people want food afterwards and we like to be prepared.
    2. truckload of papers arrived today in relation to the case. I'll need more manpower if we are hoping to get through it all.
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