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hand out

1. verb To distribute something. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "hand" and "out." Volunteers will come around and hand out pamphlets before the lecture.
2. verb To provide or share something. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "hand" and "out." When do you think the boss will hand out a decision on this issue?
3. noun A paper or papers that are to be distributed to a group. In this usage, the phrase is usually hyphenated. Volunteers will come around with hand-outs before the lecture begins.
4. noun Something given as aid to a person in need. In this usage, the phrase is usually hyphenated. Ever since I lost my job, I've had to rely on hand-outs from the government.
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hand something out

 (to someone)
1. to give something out to someone. The judge was known for handing heavy fines out. She handed out large fines to everyone.
2. to pass something, usually papers, out to people. The teacher handed the tests out to the students. Please hand out these papers.
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hand out

Distribute, as in The teacher handed out the test papers. [Late 1800s] For a synonym, see pass out, def. 1.
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hand out

v.
1. To distribute something freely; disseminate something: He handed out flyers in the street all morning. I gave the flyers to the volunteer and told her to hand them out quickly.
2. To administer or mete something: It seemed like the jury handed out an arbitrary verdict. The judge is known for handing tough sentences out to juvenile offenders.
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handout

1. n. a gift of money, food, or other goods to a needy person. (Often in the negative, as in the examples.) Give him a handout and send him on his way.
2. n. an informational sheet of paper “handed out” to people. As you can see on your handout, 40 percent of those who started never finished.
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We hear about poverty increasing, with families living on hand-outs while relying on food banks and help from charitable organisations.
Lunch, snacks, hand-outs and all the raw materials needed for actual demo will be provided.
Where do you stop with all the hand-outs of honours which belittles the honours system?
Let us only admit migrants to our shores who have something positive to help our economy and not just to sponge on our hand-outs.
None of the crew have been paid since their arrest and are having to live off hand-outs.
CHANCELLOR George Osborne's austerity medicine for hard-pushed families is in stark contrast to almost PS93billion in hand-outs for big business.
The hand-outs now given by the Department of Social Welfare (Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (PPPP) -Conditional Cash Transfer program) have always been necessary.
The amount of cash hand-outs which were paid to the public in the previous Iranian year was about IRR 425,000 billion (~13.
A source said: "They've always refused hand-outs from Gareth.
Farm Africa is a different kind of charity that is working to end this, not through more food aid and hand-outs but instead by giving African farmers the skills and knowhow they need so they can grow enough food for their families - and have extra to sell at market.
Dependency does not promote gratitude, all they feel is that the hand-outs are never sufficient for their needs.
Continued government hand-outs to inefficient state-owned entities simply is not sustainable.
With the latest news on the BBC being released to the public, it is very worrying to know that the management and people at the top, are pre-fixing their hand-outs, bonus payments and gold plated pension pots at exceptionally high amounts - all at the expense of the public.
Even after the figures have been adjusted for inflation, the hand-outs they receive are pitiful - and some discover that in 1949 they wouldn't have been entitled to anything at all.
If you are like us, you are wondering how Lindsay was paying her legal fees, because last we checked she was broke, living in a friend's NYC penthouse rent-free, and needed hand-outs from Charlie Sheen to pay her taxes.