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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.
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COMPLEX CARBS 1 portion is one cupped handful Half a tin of pulses; 4-5 tablespoons rolled oats; 3-4 tablespoons cooked grains (such as brown rice, quinoa, buckwheat or barley); 2-3 tablespoons mashed potato or squash; 1-2 slices bread (go for rye, wholegrain or sourdough).
Although he's best-known for his Season of Migration to the North, " A Handful of Dates " is one of Salih'sbetter-known stories.
Stir in 1-2 tsp horseradish sauce, a handful chopped watercress and a handful shredded smoked salmon.
I think he might want to think again when he says a handful of individuals.
2 A FEW ADDED EXTRAS Use a handful of pine nuts, and a handful of chopped chestnut mushrooms into quarters.
Remove from the oven and scatter with the crumbled feta and a handful of fresh basil leaves.
One of the first awards under TEI's Social Responsibility Initiative was granted to Handful Players at TEI's San Francisco Chapter's Annual Meeting held on June 10.
Piling in wind-swept comers: fallen branches, a handful of poems.
plural handfuls \-,f{udot}lz\ or hands*ful \'handz-,f{udot}l\
Veteran outfielder Larry Bigbie, who is in spring training with the Dodgers on a minor-league contract, said a week ago that he would have to play a handful of Grapefruit League games before he would know whether he had fully recovered from the hernia that sidelined him for almost all of last season.
One of his early novels, A Handful of Dust (1934), dealt not with religion but with its absence.
But they are limited so far to large resin producers, fiber spinners, and a handful of major processors with extremely complicated lines, expensive products, and big R&D budgets.
TOTTENHAM have done a U-turn on the future of centre-half Calum Davenport - after turning down a handful of moves.