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English definition of “handful”

handful

noun uk   /ˈhænd.fʊl/ us  

handful noun (AMOUNT)

[C] an amount of something that can be held in one hand: He pulled out a handful of coins from his pocket.

handful noun (A FEW)

B2 [S] a small number of people or things: She invited all her friends to her party, but only a handful of them turned up.

handful noun (DIFFICULT PERSON)

[S] a person, often a child, who is difficult to control: Her older son is fine but the little one is a bit of a handful.
(Definition of handful from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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