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handbook

[hand-boo k] /ˈhændˌbʊk/
noun
1.
a book of instruction or guidance, as for an occupation; manual:
a handbook of radio.
2.
a guidebook for travelers:
a handbook of Italy.
3.
a reference book in a particular field:
a medical handbook.
4.
a scholarly book on a specific subject, often consisting of separate essays or articles:
a handbook of lectures on criticism.
Origin
translation of German Handbuch
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British Dictionary definitions for hand book

handbook

/ˈhændˌbʊk/
noun
1.
a reference book listing brief facts on a subject or place or directions for maintenance or repair, as of a car a tourists' handbook
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Word Origin and History for hand book
handbook
O.E. handboc, translating L. manualis. Displaced in M.E. by manual (from O.Fr.), and later in part by Gk. enchiridion. Reintroduced 1814, but execrated through much of 19c. as "that very ugly and very unnecessary word." [Trench]
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Slang definitions & phrases for hand book

handbook

noun
  1. A place, other than a legal betting office, where bets are made away from the racetrack; Horse Room: I was in the handbook near Loomis and Madison
  2. bookie

[1894+ Horse racing & gambling; probably fr the fact that betting records were kept in small, concealable notebooks for secrecy and portability]


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