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handful

noun
     
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hand‧ful
1 [countable]TM an amount that you can hold in your hand
handful of
The boy picked up a handful of stones and started throwing them at us.
2

a handful of something

a very small number of people or things:
There were only a handful of people there.
3

be a handful

informal someone, especially a child, who is a handful is difficult to control:
She's a lovely child, but she can be a bit of a handful sometimes.

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