Hand"ful (?), n.; pl. Hand flus (#). [AS. handfull.]
As much as the hand will grasp or contain.
A hand's breadth; four inches.
Knap the tongs together about a handful from the bottom.
A small quantity.
This handful of men were tied to very hard duty.
To have one's handful, to have one's hands full; to have all one can do. [Obs.]
They had their handful to defend themselves from firing.
Sir. W. Raleigh.
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