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Meaning of handful

hand•ful

Pronunciation: (hand'fool), [key]
— pl. -fuls.
  1. the quantity or amount that the hand can hold: a handful of coins.
  2. a small amount, number, or quantity: a handful of men.
  3. a person or thing that is as much as one can manage or control: The baby's tantrums made him a handful.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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