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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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Makes 1 serving Handful green leafy salad Wedge of watermelon, chopped 1 spring onion, finely sliced Sprinkle of black sesame seeds 1 garlic clove, crushed 1/2 fresh red chilli, finely chopped Zest and juice of 1/2 a lime 1 tsp olive oil 120g peeled, cooked king prawns
Bake chicken breast (two palm-sized portions for men, one for women) in foil with a handful chopped olives, one crushed garlic clove, lemon slices and a drizzle of olive oil.
rocky road brownies INGREDIENTS: n 5oz milk chocolate n 8oz butter at room temperature n 5 large eggs n 1lb caster sugar n 4oz plain flour n 2oz coco powder n Handful of marshmallows n Handful of glades cherries n Handful of choc chips n 4 digestive biscuits, broken into small chunks METHOD 1 Heat the oven to 190C/Gas mark 5.
"As Maryland considers moving to the UBE, the ability to seek an extension will allow a handful of attorneys who recently joined our office, as well as those working for civil legal service providers, to fully focus on zealously representing our clients," said Paul DeWolfe, Public Defender for Maryland.
| Porridge, made with any type of milk and topped with a handful of mixed berries and 1 tbsp of chopped nuts and seeds.
Use to top a baked sweet potato | Salad made from one hardboiled egg sliced, six cooked asparagus stems, five steamed new potatoes, drizzled with a little olive oil and balsamic vinegar | Any veggie soup and wholemeal roll with a handful of grapes or an apple to follow | Wholemeal pitta filled with vegetable chilli and topped with 1tbsp of plain yoghurt | Half a tin of low-sugar baked beans on two slices of granary toast c t ed rt DINNERS | Roast lamb dinner made with two slices of these low-calorie but tasty menus.
Use to top a baked sweet potato | Salad made from one hardboiled egg sliced, six cooked asparagus stems, five steamed new potatoes, drizzled with a little olive oil and balsamic vinegar | Any veggie soup and wholemeal roll with a handful of grapes or an apple to follow | Wholemeal pitta filled with vegetable chilli and topped with 1tbsp of plain yoghurt | Half a tin of low-sugar baked beans on two slices of granary toast DINNERS | Roast lamb dinner made with two slices of Oat with lean meat, three potatoes roasted in olive oil or five boiled new potatoes, plus a large portion of mixed green veg and carrots - covering around half of the plate | Prawn curry.
INGREDIENTS: Olive oil 1 onion, chopped 1 head of broccoli, cut into florets 3 handfuls of fresh or frozen peas 700ml vegetable or chicken stock 1 small bag of baby spinach (approx 250g) 1 green chilli, chopped, to sprinkle on top A small handful of fresh parsley, chopped, to serve For the cashew cream: 150g raw cashews 300ml hot water 1 clove of garlic Zest of 1 lemon METHOD: 1.
Hashim Hassan and a binational group of Sudanese and U.S.-based film professionals are working to make a film adaptation of Tayeb Salih's short story "A Handful of Dates":
For her birthday Sarah is give ownership of ten-year-old Hetty "Handful" Grimke, who is to be her waiting slave.
It's one of only a handful of museums in the world focusing on the history of the moving image.
Scatter over a large handful (100g) of leftover stuffing (a sausage stuffing works well) and about 100g of leftover cooked turkey, then top with 100g of sliced mozzarella.
IN response to Coun David Cook who very indignantly says that on May 25, a handful of individuals calling themselves the English Defence League are to march through Newcastle and goes on to make his protestations about it.
blogspot.co.uk 1 FOR THE PESTO You're going to need a handful of fresh basil leafs, one clove of garlic, three tsp of olive oil, a good handful of grated parmesan cheese, and salt and pepper to taste.
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