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handful

Pronunciation: /ˈhændfʊl/

Translation of handful in Spanish:

noun/nombre

  • 1.1 (amount) puñado (masculine) his hair was coming out by the handful el pelo se le caía a mechones or manojos
    Example sentences
    • They know the elusive swing voters scattered in a handful of key states want moderation, not aggression.
    • They were replaced by a distant silver moon and a handful of scattered shiny stars.
    • Despite having a fair amount of interest only a handful of people took the plunge.
    1.2 (small number) (+ singular or plural verb/+ verbo en singular o plural) puñado (masculine) only a handful of people were there había poca gente, solo había un puñado de personas 1.3 (troublesome person or people) (no plural/sin plural) they are a real handful [children] dan mucho trabajo, son muy traviesos [adults] son muy difíciles, son de armas tomar
    Example sentences
    • He is a good fighter and was a rough handful, but Harry dealt with him very well.
    • The hound has to be a real character who tends to be bossy and, maybe, has become too much of a handful for his owners to deal with.
    • He was learning she could be quite a handful, challenging him in ways he did not expect.

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