[ hand-out ]
/ ˈhændˌaʊt /


a portion of food or the like given to a needy person, as a beggar.
any printed, typed, mimeographed, or photocopied copy of information, as a speech, policy statement, or fact sheet given to reporters, attendees at a meeting, or the like.
anything given away for nothing, as a free sample of a product by an advertiser.



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Origin of handout

First recorded in 1880–85 for def. 1 and in 1905–10 for def. 2; noun use of verb phrase hand out
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British Dictionary definitions for handout


noun plural hand-outs

clothing, food, or money given to a needy person
a leaflet, free sample, etc, given out to publicize something
a statement or other document distributed to the press or an audience to confirm, supplement, or replace an oral presentation

verb hand out (tr, adverb)

to distribute
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Idioms and Phrases with handout

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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