Meaning of “hand sth out” in the English Dictionary

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"hand sth out" in British English

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hand sth out

phrasal verb with hand uk /hænd/ us /hænd/ verb [ T ]

B1 to give something to each person in a group or place:

The teacher asked her to hand out the worksheets.
They stood on the street corner handing out leaflets.

More examples

  • Demonstrators handed out leaflets to passers-by.
  • While the teacher was talking, her assistant handed out pens and paper for us all.
  • Before you leave, I have some notices to hand out to you all.
  • Sam's mum handed out sweets, birthday cake and balloons to everyone at the end of the party.
  • Could you hand out the books for me, David? One to everyone, please.

(Definition of “hand sth out” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"hand sth out" in Business English

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hand sth out

phrasal verb with hand uk /hænd/ us verb

to give something to each person on a group or place:

hand out fliers/leaflets He handed out fliers to advertise the store's bargains.
hand out cash/money Washington began handing out money to struggling farmers during the Depression.
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(Definition of “hand sth out” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)