hand out

See also: handout, Handout, and hand-out



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hand out (third-person singular simple present hands out, present participle handing out, simple past and past participle handed out)

  1. (transitive) to distribute
    • 2012 June 3, Nathan Rabin, “TV: Review: THE SIMPSONS (CLASSIC): “Mr. Plow” (season 4, episode 9; originally aired 11/19/1992)”, in (Please provide the book title or journal name)[1]:
      Homer’s entrepreneurial spirit proves altogether overly infectious. Homer gives Barney a pep talk when he encounters him dressed up like a baby handing out fliers (Barney in humiliating costumes=always funny) and it isn’t long until Barney has purchased a truck of his own and set up shop as the Plow King.

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hand out

  1. (baseball, slang, 1800s) a player is out