by the handful

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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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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