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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 and made plural. Volunteers will come around with hand-outs before the lecture begin.
4. noun Something given as aid to a person in need. In this usage, the phrase is usually hyphenated and made plural. Ever since I lost my job, I've had to rely on hand-outs from the government.
See also: hand, out

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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Despite the setback, we still hold out hope on the handout to mining companies.
For Unit 2 (Character Counts), the students in the handout group were provided with an extensive prestudy activity in the form of a topic-related handout focusing on contextual guessing and various reading skills such as finding the main idea, making inferences, drawing conclusions, and so on, and those in the dictionary group prepared for the same unit with prestudy via only a dictionary.
Leaving the options open for future pipelines in any direction, the handout mentions the "balance of interests in the Eurasian energy space on the basis of equal access and equal partnership.
The thousands of cheque recipients who lined to up receive the handout on Thursday have been bombarded with special offers and promotions from shops and malls hoping to persuade them to spend the money at their premises.
Opposition parties have been stepping up their offensive against the government led by Prime Minister Taro Aso, who has been suffering from falling approval ratings, and attacking the cash handout plan, saying it is unpopular with the public and that the money should be used for measures such as pensions and medical care instead.
Rashid Obaid Saif, a Fujairah resident, said it was sad the organisation of the handout process did not match the generous charitable gesture.
The handout also does not note the city's trash fee declined, effective today, and is $72 a year less than the county's.
According to Clower, "In a utopian world, there would be no government handouts, and every business would pay the same tax rate.
In fact, Williams wanted to paper students with handouts designed to "prove" that the United States was founded to be a Christian nation and that promote his fundamentalist beliefs.
Each participant received a power point handout that included the slides presented in the class, a glossy handout of the Food Guide Pyramid, a list of calcium and fat contents of common foods, and a glossy recipe pamphlet of low-fat high calcium recipes with photos.
Like much of Mir's work, the project's structural open-endedness evokes a spirit of friendly egalitarianism, conjuring a sprawling network of mutual interest that we all might conceivably join, either simply as viewers or by actually submitting our own suggestions to an e-mail address provided on the handout.
For the handout, the unsolicited, generally useless press release, is with him always.
Each meeting is reinforced with an illustrated reproducible handout.
If I am seeing a patient for a sinus infection, musculoskeletal complaints or even a well child visit, I can print a handout that they can review and keep as a reference.
Be conservative: stick to the primary colors, the colors of local sports teams and multiple shades of gray, so as not to frustrate the duplication process for related handout materials.