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panhandler

[ pan-hand-ler ]
/ ˈpænˌhænd lər /
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noun
a person who accosts passers-by on the street, riders on the subway, motorists stopped at red lights, etc., and begs from them: A panhandler used to stop me every morning outside this coffee shop, asking me for spare change.
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Origin of panhandler

First recorded in 1890–95; panhandle2 + -er1
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