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Princeton's WordNet

  1. handout, press release, releasenoun

    an announcement distributed to members of the press in order to supplement or replace an oral presentation

  2. handoutnoun

    giving money or food or clothing to a needy person


  1. handoutnoun

    A worksheet, leaflet, or pamphlet that is given out (usually by hand) for a certain use.

  2. handoutnoun

    A gift to the poor or needy.

    It's a place to get a hand up, not a handout.


  1. Handout

    A handout is something given freely or distributed free to those in need. It can refer to materials handed out for presentation purposes or to a charitable gift, among other things. During the Great Depression, many people lived entirely on handouts of one kind or another. The term became especially popular among hobos, who developed a system of signs and symbols to describe the nature, quantity, and availability of handouts. In more recent times, the perceived ineffectiveness of simple welfare schemes has given the term a negative connotation. "Give a hand up, not a handout" is a common remark among proponents of workfare or other welfare-to-work systems. As the issue of homelessness has become more visible and controversial, handouts to panhandlers are more often frowned upon by those who believe the behavior encourages homelessness. The term "government handout" is often applied to both welfare systems as well as corporate welfare or pork. The implication is that a handout is unearned and undeserved, unlike a "donation" or "contribution". Handouts may also refer to short, usually single-page assignments distributed in high school or college.

Editors Contribution

  1. handout

    Offering for aid.

    An offering for one’s plight or circumstance

    Submitted by anonymous on October 2, 2020  

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of handout in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of handout in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of handout in a Sentence

  1. Hugh Jackman:

    He is one of happiest people I have ever met, full of joy, full of optimism, the time I spent with Dukale made me realize if you give people a hand up rather than a handout, the difference it makes to them is massive.

  2. Charmayne McMurray:

    Farmers, they want to work. They don't want a handout.

  3. Richard Milhous Nixon:

    If we take the route of the permanent handout, the American character will itself be impoverished. (Proposal to reform welfare programs)

  4. Analyst Nick Loris:

    When you subsidize something as much as solar gets, it does n’t seem like it’s sustainable in the long run, it creates a temporary handout to a few companies, pulling resources from other places in the economy.

  5. James Litinsky:

    We don't want a handout, we don't need that help. We just need a level playing field to compete.

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  • Zettel, Flugblatt, AlmosenGerman
  • moniste, mainoslehtinen, almu, tiedoteFinnish
  • aumône, polycopiéFrench
  • bileog eolais, glacán bileog, bileog, dáileán, síneadh láimhe, bileoigín, bileog faisnéiseIrish
  • regalia, donazione, volantinoItalian
  • 施し物Japanese
  • подаяние, раздаточный материал, хэндаут, памфлет, милостыняRussian
  • uručakSerbo-Croatian
  • 嗟來之食Chinese

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    an almost pleasurable sensation of fright
    • A. anil
    • B. tingle
    • C. breastwork
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