Definition of handout in US English:

handout

noun

  • 1Something given free to a needy person or organization.

    ‘hundreds of thousands of refugees subsist on international handouts’
    • ‘As my colleague states, a large part of our salary goes towards our pension every month, and we are not just given the money as a golden handout from the taxpayer.’
    • ‘Charities across south Essex have benefited from a handout of Lottery grants totalling more than £220,000.’
    • ‘Five groups in the district are among the 178 organisations in the south-west that will benefit from the latest handouts.’
    • ‘Neither Kallie or Erik took handouts from their parents the first few years, they made their own money.’
    • ‘Yet they live from handouts, financed by taxes on our hard-earned income.’
    • ‘The financial handouts for the Association of Banks will be paid for through drastic job cuts in the fields of education and culture.’
    • ‘Much of the funding will be poured straight into corporate coffers via bigger tax handouts and research subsidies.’
    • ‘Since she came to the city Daphne has always worked and proudly declares she has never received any benefit payments or handouts.’
    • ‘This implies the continuation of a low wage economy and huge tax handouts to the multinationals.’
    • ‘Nor can East Timor expect to survive indefinitely on international handouts.’
    • ‘Labor delivered several generous tax handouts to the wealthy and corporate elite under Hawke and Keating.’
    • ‘Retailers are expecting budget handouts to continue to help boost their coffers.’
    • ‘They sought no national awards, no positions of authority, no bribes, no handouts from government.’
    • ‘I didn't have to grovel for a handout from my parents anymore.’
    • ‘Businesses have systematically used concern with homeland security to win public subsidies and handouts.’
    • ‘Although renowned for its corporate generosity, Tata does not subscribe to the model of donations or welfare handouts.’
    • ‘The early handout of taxpayers' money was neither commercially prudent nor correct use of public funds, adds the report.’
    • ‘The company used the same threat of closure to pressure governments for financial handouts.’
    • ‘Some of the people who blindly followed the incumbent leader preferred to keep him so that they could benefit from his handouts.’
    • ‘Millions are dependent in retirement on State handouts funded by taxes on those still in work.’
    charity, aid, benefit, financial support, gifts of money, gifts of food, subsidies, payments, donations
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  • 2Printed information provided free of charge, especially to accompany a lecture or advertise something.

    ‘she was shocked when she saw a one-page handout condemning her campaign’
    • ‘Adapting pre-existing materials designed as handouts or revision notes can sometimes save considerable time.’
    • ‘When he found it too tiring to persuade by talking, he collected as much information as he could about smoking and printed it out as handouts.’
    • ‘The cost per child is €70 and each child will receive a handout of the material being covered and a Music for Minors folder to put their work into.’
    • ‘I hope this article may be used as a parent handout to help parents feel comfortable talking about weight issues.’
    • ‘Piano roll graphs of each phrase were printed for handouts to be used with the analysis.’
    • ‘All of these new skills have been put to use at home producing professional looking handouts and display materials for work.’
    • ‘Print a stapled handout of the 5 or 6 pictures and give each person a copy.’
    • ‘The reference materials and handouts can be used in a variety of ways.’
    • ‘Try telling students that you will be giving a handout after presenting the material, but that you'd like them to listen and think for now.’
    • ‘The reference materials and handouts in this manual can be used in a variety of ways.’
    • ‘The poster had no printed handouts to go along with it, and was displayed for about three days.’
    • ‘Here is a picture of one of his supplemental handouts, dealing with Easter.’
    • ‘A checklist for returning to work is provided in the patient information handout that accompanies this article.’
    • ‘Students were divided into small groups and given handouts on the material.’
    • ‘A patient information handout accompanying Dr. Kligler's article helps explain these effects.’
    • ‘Next to the wall to Jen's left were tables filled with office materials and handouts.’
    • ‘A patient information handout on snakebite prevention and first aid accompanies the article, on page 1377.’
    • ‘His handout provided keys to the species, hybrids and structure which I have loosely interpreted to help you understand this genus.’
    • ‘Looking at the fine print on the election handouts for the Chant and King teams, Shaggy spotted a familiar name authorising them.’
    • ‘Actually, so boring I even did not wait for the free handouts that seems to be part of this kind of events.’
    leaflet, pamphlet, brochure, bulletin
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Pronunciation

handout

/ˈhandˌout//ˈhændˌaʊt/