From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishhand something ↔ out phrasal verbGIVEto give something to each person in a group syn distributeCould you start handing these books out please? toHe was handing out leaflets to members of the audience. →handout →hand→ See Verb table
Examples from the Corpus
hand out• Michele secured the motor-boat to one of the mooringrings and handed her out.• One mother of small children opened her gardenshed to find a rat which jumped over her hand and ran out.• He turned towards James, his hands stretched straight out in front of him as though he were drowning and reaching for a rope.• They shookhands and stepped out into the yard.• The left hand was flung out, the right lay closer to the body.• I could see my hand reaching out to hold on to something solid.• Tfo Vic lifts up his hands, palms out, to keep their voices down.• If you choose to do so, you can make a photocopy of the explanation and hand it out to the class.hand to• His other hand he held out to Christina.• She also hands it out to family and friends.• She took the hand David held out to her.• She forced herself to go faster, her hand reaching out to him.• I could see my hand reaching out to hold on to something solid.• His hand went out to the stonewall to brace himself.• These foods are potentially dangerous, yet nobody thinks twice before handing them out to their loved ones.