handout

[hand-out]
noun Informal.
1.
a portion of food or the like given to a needy person, as a beggar.
3.
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.
4.
anything given away for nothing, as a free sample of a product by an advertiser.

Origin:
1825–35; 1940–45 for def 2; noun use of verb phrase hand out

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handout
"alms or food given to a beggar," 1882, hobo slang, from hand (v.) + out.
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As long as people are given a handout they will not exert themselves, or become accountable and responsible for their own actions.
In this handout, the data has been sorted from lowest to highest state elevation.
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