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English definition of “handicap”

handicap

noun [C] (DIFFICULTY)   /ˈhæn·diˌkæp/
something that causes unusual difficulties: Their lack of knowledge of computer programming was not much of a handicap for them.
(Definition of handicap noun (DIFFICULTY) from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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