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He compares it to little things, to a tiny seed, to a handful of leaven, to a pearl.

Now, every man who was a handful or two short of his crop began to look at us doubtfully.

Yates caught up a handful of sand, and flung it lightly against the pane.

He stooped, thinking he had caught it, but took up only a handful of soapy foam.

Then put them into the fish-kettle with cold water and a handful of salt.

Put them into the soup, add a handful of chopped parsley, and let them boil.

Then add by degrees the cocoa-nut; and lastly, a handful of sifted flour.

Meantime the body had decayed and had sunk down into a handful of dust.

The boy halted at the counter, producing a handful of square envelopes.

She then planted the comb in my mop of hair and tore out a handful of it.

WORD ORIGIN

Old English handful; see hand (n.) + -ful. Originally the quality that can be held in a hand; also a medieval linear measurement of four inches. Meaning "a small portion or part" is from c.1400. Figurative meaning "as much as one can manage" is from 1755.

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