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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." If they were "faithful unto death," they have their crown now--but no amount of faithfulness and legal shrewdness combined could legitimately drag the city into a participation in the promises of the prophecy.
Beyond were a handful of guards, laughing and talking over one of their incomprehensible Barsoomian games.
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.
A strange name wakes up memories; the printed words scent the smoky atmosphere of to-day faintly, with the subtle and penetrating perfume as of land breezes breathing through the starlight of bygone nights; a signal fire gleams like a jewel on the high brow of a sombre cliff; great trees, the advanced sentries of immense forests, stand watchful and still over sleeping stretches of open water; a line of white surf thunders on an empty beach, the shallow water foams on the reefs; and green islets scattered through the calm of noonday lie upon the level of a polished sea, like a handful of emeralds on a buckler of steel.
For tomato plants, I dig a hole, drop in handfuls of sand and cow manure, and then set in the plant and cover up the roots.
|Porridge (two handfuls oats for men, one for women) made with any type of milk and topped with a handful of blueberries and raspberries, plus 1 tbsp chopped nuts and seeds.
| Spinach and pepper omelette (made with 2 eggs for men, 1 for women), plus a handful of chopped red pepper and two handfuls of spinach.
One cod fillet served with six grilled cherry tomatoes and half a sliced courgette, plus two handfuls brown basmati rice
SPICED LAMB AND QUINOA KOFTE WRAP (Serves 8) INGREDIENTS: 100g quinoa; 500g New Zealand lamb mince; 30ml (2 tbsp) soy sauce; a handful of shredded parsley; a handful of shredded coriander; a handful of roughly chopped dill; 1 tsp toasted cumin seeds; 1/2 tsp ground cloves; 2 tsp kirmizi biber (Turkish chilli flakes) - plus some for the wraps; 4 wraps; 200g hummus; 2 handfuls lambs lettuce; 1 red onion (peeled, thinly sliced and rinsed under cold water for 1 minute); 60g chutney 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 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: 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.
| 2 large handfuls each of mint and parsley leaves, finely chopped
The author goes beyond the record of Sarah Grimke to flesh out her life as well as all the characters, both real and invented, including Handfuls cunning mother, Charlotte.