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hand-out

noun (pl) hand-outs
1.
clothing, food, or money given to a needy person
2.
a leaflet, free sample, etc, given out to publicize something
3.
a statement or other document distributed to the press or an audience to confirm, supplement, or replace an oral presentation
verb (transitive, adverb)
4.
to distribute
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n.

also handout, hand out, "alms or food given to a beggar," 1882, hobo slang, from hand (v.) + out. Meaning "distributed printed informational matter" is from 1927.

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