• The amount that a hand will grasp or contain.
  • Something which can only be managed with difficulty.

    "Those twins are a real handful to look after."

  • A small quantity, usually approximately equal to five.

    "This handful of men were tied to very hard duty. - Fuller"

  • (obsolete) A hand's breadth; four inches.

    "Knap the tongs together about a handful from the bottom. - Francis Bacon"

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