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Synonyms for handful
ˈhænd fʊl

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. handful, smattering(noun)

    a small number or amount

    "only a handful of responses were received"

    smattering, fistful

  2. handful, fistful(noun)

    the quantity that can be held in the hand

    smattering, fistful


  1. handful(noun)

    fistful, handsbreadth, handbreadth

  2. handful(noun)

    As much as the hand will grasp or contain. - Joseph Addison

    handbreadth, fistful, handsbreadth

  3. handful(noun)

    A hand's breadth; four inches.

    Knap the tongs together about a handful from the bottom. - Francis Bacon

    fistful, handbreadth, handsbreadth

  4. handful(noun)

    A small quantity, usually approximately equal to five, the number of fingers on a hand.

    This handful of men were tied to very hard duty. - Fuller

    fistful, handsbreadth, handbreadth

  5. handful(noun)

    Something which can only be managed with difficulty.

    Those twins are a real handful to look after.

    fistful, handbreadth, handsbreadth

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. handful(n.)


PPDB, the paraphrase database

  1. List of paraphrases:

    fistful, handle, handhold, doorknob, hilt, bunch, knob

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  1. Michael Lanza:

    They are in charge of the school, they should be ensuring the exclusion rules are being followed. And so, if they have a handful of unvaccinated children, that fine would increase in magnitude.

  2. Ian Rintoul:

    They are systematically removing people from compounds who they believe are ring leaders, i mean, they really think that they can behead the movement by removing a handful of individuals from the compounds, but it's patently not the case.

  3. Karen Bass:

    He has to identify a handful of African Americans and take them with him wherever he goes.

  4. State Mike Pompeo on Monday:

    The exact timing of those we are still coordinating with the Chinese government but we anticipate that they will happen in the next handful of days... we'll return those American citizens, we may well end up bringing some citizens back from other countries as well. We're working through the details on that.

  5. George Magnus:

    I think it's untrue to say that companies are leaving China, though it's possible that a handful may have done. What has been happening on a significant scale is that many firms have been moving, or plan to move, some of their supply chain operations out of China to avoid tariffs, and or to go to places where they sense greater political and policy stability.

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