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handful

Something or someone that is difficult to manage. Joan's daughter is very polite and well-behaved, but her son is a real handful, always getting into trouble. This project seemed easy at first but it has become a real handful, and I'm not sure I'm going to finish by the deadline.

by the handful

In large quantities; in quantities roughly equal to a handful. My kids would eat candy by the handful if I would let them!
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by the handful

in amounts equal to a handful; in quantity. Billy is eating candy by the handful. People began leaving by the handful at midnight.
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*a handful

Fig. someone, often a child, who is difficult to deal with. (*Typically: be ~ become ~.) Bobby can be a real handful when he needs a nap.
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handful

n. a difficult thing or person. Little Jimmy is a handful.
References in classic literature ?
I never heard a sailor proclaiming himself as a handful of American citizens traveling for recreation, but I wished he might trip and fall overboard, and so reduce his handful by one individual, at least.
No crown of life is promised to the town of Smyrna and its commerce, but to the handful of Christians who formed its "church.
Beyond were a handful of guards, laughing and talking over one of their incomprehensible Barsoomian games.
A handful of thern warriors stood just behind the little party.
As soon as it was alight, he threw on it a handful of perfumes, and pronounced a few words that I did not understand, and immediately a thick column of smoke rose high into the air.
This time Tarzan felt no doubt they would enter the village and complete the work that a handful of determined white men would have carried to a successful conclusion at the first attempt.
One cod fillet served with six grilled cherry tomatoes and half a sliced courgette, plus two handfuls brown basmati rice
Serves two Preparation time - 5 minutes Cooking time - 10 minutes Ingredients 2 eggs 4 rashers smoked streaky bacon 2 slices sourdough bread 2 tsps butter 2 handfuls watercress Hot sauce to serve Method 1 Bring a pan of water to a simmer, add the eggs and simmer for 3 minutes, then put the lid on and turn off the heat.
INGREDIENTS: 4 large handfuls of spinach, roughly chopped 4 eggs 1 large handful of fresh coriander, leaves and stalks roughly chopped 1 small handful of grated mature Cheddar d FOR THE TOMATO SAUCE: 1 large onion, diced 1tbsp ghee or coconut oil 2 garlic cloves, diced 2 red peppers, halved lengthways, deseeded and sliced into strips 2 bay leaves 1tsp smoked paprika Pinch of cayenne pepper or finely diced fresh red chilli, to taste 2 x 400g tins of tomatoes or 800g fresh tomatoes 200ml water (100ml if using fresh tomatoes) Sea salt and black pepper FOR THE GUACAMOLE: 1 large ripe avocado 1tbsp extra virgin olive oil Juice of 1/2-1 lime 1 handful of fresh coriander leaves, chopped 2 spring onions or 1 small handful of chopped chives METHOD: 1.
INGREDIENTS: 4 large handfuls of spinach, roughly chopped 4 eggs 1 large handful of fresh coriander, leaves and stalks roughly chopped 1 small handful of grated mature Cheddar FOR THE TOMATO A SAUCE: 1 large onion, diced 1tbsp ghee or coconut oil 2 garlic cloves, diced 2 red peppers, halved lengthways, deseeded and sliced into strips 2 bay leaves 1tsp smoked paprika Pinch of cayenne pepper or finely diced fresh red chilli, to taste 2 x 400g tins of tomatoes or 800g fresh tomatoes 200ml water (100ml if using fresh tomatoes) Sea salt and black pepper FOR THE GUACA A -MOLE: 1 large ripe avocado 1tbsp extra virgin olive oil Juice of 1/2-1 lime 1 handful of fresh coriander leaves, chopped 2 spring onions or 1 small handful of chopped chives METHOD: 1.
2 large handfuls each of mint and parsley leaves, finely chopped
Stir in 2 handfuls chopped leftover roast or boiled potatoes and cook, crushing slightly, for another few mins until the potatoes start to crisp.
INGREDIENTS: For the frittata: 2tbsp olive oil; 1/2 onion, finely chopped; 2 handfuls baby spinach leaves; 8 whole cherry tomatoes, halved; 1/2 sweet potato, peeled and cut into small chunks; 3 free-range eggs, beaten; salt and freshly ground black pepper for seasoning.
Three handfuls of baby spinach 150g mozzarella METHOD 1.
plural handfuls \-,f{udot}lz\ or hands*ful \'handz-,f{udot}l\