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handfulnoun

 us   /ˈhænd·fʊl/

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.
Translations of “handful”
in Korean 한 줌…
in Arabic حِفْنة, قُبْضة…
in Portuguese punhado…
in Catalan grapat…
in Japanese 一握りの量…
in Italian manciata…
in Chinese (Traditional) 數量, 一把(之量)…
in Russian горсть…
in Turkish el/avuç dolusu…
in Chinese (Simplified) 数量, 一把(之量)…
in Polish garść…
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