handful

Meaning(s)

1. a small amount

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handful of sweets/people/

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A 'handful' can refer to a small amount of something. A 'handful' can refer to an amount or quantity of something that can fit in the palm of your hand. 'Only a handful of people came to the talk yesterday.' 'I just have a handful of days off left this year.' 


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  1. I just took a handful of sweets. There are plenty left!
  2. I eat a handful of almonds every lunchtime as a snack.
  3. There are only a handful of people left who know how to make clay in the traditional way.

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  1. Surprisingly, there wasn't a full house at the concert. In fact, there were only a handful of people there. 
  2. We only have a handful of staff who know how to operate the new program.

2. difficult to control, misbehaved

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the child was a handful to deal with

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A 'handful' is an adjective used to describe a situation or individual which is impossible or very difficult to manage or control. The image here is of someone having their hands full with tasks in order to manage a situation.

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  1. The disruptive student was a handful to deal with, and the teacher was sick and tired of having to scold him for his bad behaviour in class.
  2. My child is quite a handful. He is always getting up to mischief and keeps me rushed off my feet!

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  1. This computer virus is a handful, we have redirected most of our resources to resolve it and we are still getting nowhere.
  2. That client is a handful, he always argues about the budget and expects more than they are willing to pay for.

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