(hnd"fl), n.;
pl. handfuls (hnd"flz).
[AS. handfull.] 1. As much as the hand will grasp or contain. Addison.
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2. A hand's breadth; four inches. [Obs.]
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Knap the tongs together about a handful from the bottom.
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3. A small quantity or number.
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This handful of men were tied to very hard duty.
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4. A person, task, or situation, which is the most that one can manage; as, my two-year-old is a handful.

To have one's handful, to have one's hands full; to have all one can do. [Obs.]
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They had their handful to defend themselves from firing.
Sir. W. Raleigh.
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