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handout

noun [C]
 
 
/ˈhændaʊt/
something such as food, clothing, or money that is given free to someone who is in need of it: She ended up living on handouts and food vouchers. federal/government/state handouts
money that is paid to someone without their asking for it: The electricity company offered shareholders a £238m handout. Shareholders are to receive a 25p a share cash handout after the company banked £219m from the sale last year.
FINANCE money that is given by a government to people, organizations, or industries to encourage a particular activity: More than 50 American billionaires have received government farm handouts in recent years from a program created to help struggling small farmers survive.
MEETINGS a document containing information that is given to people at a meeting or other event: Keep the information in your media handout factual and to the point.
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