American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Food, clothing, or money given to the needy.
- n. A folder or leaflet circulated free of charge.
- n. A sheet or sheets of paper containing topical information, distributed to people attending a speech, lecture, or meeting.
- n. A prepared news or publicity release.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In hand-ball, hand-tennis, and similar sports, the condition of the game when the striker is out and the players change places.
- n. A worksheet, leaflet, or pamphlet that is given out (usually by hand) for a certain use.
- n. A gift to the poor or needy.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. money or an object given in or as in a charitable gesture; -- also used of government disbursements to individuals for welfare.
- n. a printed circular distributed gratis, usually for political or advertising purposes.
- n. a printed statement distributed, usually to the news media.
- v. give to several people
- n. giving money or food or clothing to a needy person
- n. an announcement distributed to members of the press in order to supplement or replace an oral presentation
“Many Republicans have opposed the plan, which they call a handout for irresponsible homeowners and unscrupulous lenders.”
“The people really for it are the ones just wanting a handout from the government, the rest of us are already PAYING for healthcare either in the form of insurance or out of our pockets (BY CHOICE) as it is.”
“Anyone with a crappy car can get a free handout from the rich taxpayers to upgrade their ride.”
“In Saudi Arabia, the response might be termed "handout and crackdown.”
“I personally feel a handout is do demean ones character in this case.”
“One place I will direct parents for information, not listed on the handout, is Anime News Network.”
“Yes, it's purely anecdotal, but I couldn't help but notice how many rich people at the upscale event were clamoring for, dare I say it, a free pass in other words, a handout.”
“Asking someone for a $20 handout is obscene and unethical, as in Narrative's case (and I think we can all agree on that), but what are your feelings on these nominal fees certain magazines nowadays require?”
“Freddie Mac on Wednesday requested another $10.6 billion handout from the federal government.”
“New York (CNNMoney. com) - Freddie Mac on Wednesday requested another $10.6 billion handout from the federal government.”
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