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[hand-out] /ˈhændˌaʊt/
noun, Informal.
a portion of food or the like given to a needy person, as a beggar.
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.
anything given away for nothing, as a free sample of a product by an advertiser.
1825-35; 1940-45 for def 2; noun use of verb phrase hand out Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for handout
  • 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.
Slang definitions & phrases for handout


  1. Food, money, or other donations received or given •Nearly always with the implication that the giver is overgenerous or self-interested, and the recipient undeserving: Damn hippies lived on food stamps and other bleeding heart handouts (1882+ Hoboes)
  2. A leaflet or flyer passed out on the streets
  3. An official press release or communique´: The newspaperman's slightly derogatory slang term for the news release is ''handout'' (1941+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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