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handicap

noun [C] (COMPETITION)    /ˈhæn.dɪ.kæp/
a disadvantage given to a person taking part in a game or competition in order to reduce their chances of winning, or a sports event in which such disadvantages are given: Handicaps give people with different abilities an equal chance of winning. My current golf handicap is nine.Competitions, and parts of competitions
(Definition of handicap noun (COMPETITION) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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