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From hand +‎ out, from the phrasal verb.


  • IPA(key): /ˈhændaʊt/
  • (file)


handout (plural handouts)

  1. A worksheet, leaflet, or pamphlet that is given out (usually by hand) for a certain use.
    • 2010, Jeane W. Anastas, Teaching in Social Work: An Educators' Guide to Theory and Practice, →ISBN, page 39:
      Therefore, it is often recommended that the framework or outline for a lecture be provided to students on the chalkboard or in a handout so they can more easily follow the logic as the lecture progresses.
  2. A gift to the poor or needy.
    • 2009, Chloe Schwenke, Reclaiming Value in International Development: The Moral Dimensions of Development Policy and Practice in Poor Countries, →ISBN, page 1:
      A woman, dressed in simple and worn clothes, holding a very young and rather dirty looking baby, was seeking a handout.
    It's a place to get a hand up, not a handout.
  3. A gift, something obtained without effort.
    • November 2 2014, Daniel Taylor, "Sergio Agüero strike wins derby for Manchester City against 10-man United," guardian.co.uk
      They had contributed heavily to their own downfall, most glaringly with the senselessness of Chris Smalling’s red card, and they should know by now that Manuel Pellegrini’s team are not the kind of opponents to pass up these kind of handouts.


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