In the plural, care should be taken to distinguish cupfuls from cups full. A cupful is a measure, and so three cupfuls is a quantity regarded in terms of a cup; three cups full denotes the actual cups, as in three cups full of water.

Modern English usage. 2014.

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  • cupful — cup|ful [ˈkʌpful] n the amount that a cup can hold …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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