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English definition of “handful”

handful

noun  /ˈhænd·fʊl/ us  

handful noun (VERY FEW)

[C usually sing] a very few, esp. when compared to a larger group: A handful of professional athletes make millions, but most do not do so well.

handful noun (SMALL AMOUNT)

[C] an amount of something that can be held in one hand: He scooped up a handful of soil and examined it carefully.

handful noun (PROBLEM)

[C usually sing] infml a person or thing that is difficult to control or manage: Sam was an easygoing baby, but Rory is a real handful.
(Definition of handful from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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