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Hi everyone. Here’s another phrasal verb for you.
And this one is “to hand out”. “Hand something out” or “Hand out something”.
Okay. “Hand out”. Like a hand that you use to hold things with, you know the hand – four fingers and a thumb? Right.
“Hand out”. Right. A number of different meanings.
First of all it means to give things to different people in a group. Okay.
“To hand out some papers”, for example, “to hand out some drinks”. Okay.
At the beginning of the meeting Paul was handing out some drinks, Jeff was sitting down eating biscuits and so I said to everyone, “okay just take a seat. I do have some copies of the agenda which I’d like to just hand out to you. In fact, Jeff could you just hand out these papers for me. That’s it. Paul is here handing out the drinks if you’d like one.” Let’s see. Okay.
Another thing is to give something such as advice or information. So not only you can hand out physical things. You can also hand out advice or info (information).
“They wouldn’t hand out your phone number without permission.”, for example.
“Don’t hand out your bank details in the street.” Okay.
“The problem with criticism is that the people who handed out are often not very good at taking it. Have you noticed?”
There you go. Alright. I’m going to trying to be sensible. Alright. Be sensible Luke. Okay.
Third one, third one, which is often passive is to say officially that someone should receive a particular punishment. Okay. It means that someone should be given a punishment.
“Harsher punishments are now being handed out for reckless driving!” Okay.
” A three month sentence was handed out to a teenage boy for making hoax bomb telephone calls.”
Okay. Do you understand that? A hoax bomb telephone call is like a bomb scare. He was given a three month sentence. A three month sentence was handed out to him. Okay.
Okay. We also have the noun and that is a “handout”. “handout”
So that can be a piece of paper like a worksheet which is given to people, in fact a worksheet which is handed out to people. That’s very common in English lessons, isn’t it? If you’ve ever been to an English school you’ve probably heard your teacher saying that. Like,
“I’ve got a few handouts for everybody.” Or, you know, “Don’t worry.
This is written on a handout. I’ll be given that to you at the end of the class.” Okay?
“Are there any handouts for this?”, you might say, yeah.
“So yeah, I’ve got some handouts here. I’m just going to hand them out to you in just a second.”
So it means physical pieces of the paper that you give out in a meeting or a lesson or something in a workshop.
It could be money, though, as well particularly when we are talking about government welfare or benefits. Okay. Like, money which is given to people who need it. You know, like for the homeless.
You know, you might hear, sort of, a taxi driver in London complaining about this.
“All these, all these, all these benefits scroungers, you know, they don’t do any work and they just expect handouts from the government.” Okay.
“To expect handouts from the government” meaning that they expect the government to give them things, just give them money, to give them a handout. Alright.
A benefits scrounger – that’s someone who just takes handouts from the government. They don’t work hard. They just scrounge. They just take money in the form of welfare payments.
“He’s forty years old and he’s still living on handouts from his parents.”, for example.
Alright. That’s it for this one. To hand something out like piece of paper, to hand out some advice, hand out criticism, a government handout or to live off handouts from your parents. I’ve got a few handouts.
By the way, ladies and gents this is all on a handout which I will hand out to you later on in the lesson.
Obviously that’s not true because this isn’t a lesson.
This is just your headphones or your speaker, isn’t it? Yes. Alright then.
That’s it for this one. Speak to you again soon. Goodbye.

  • Denis Paraschuk

    Yesterday Project Manager handed out new specification for developers.

    John can’t hand out his thoughts with our competitor.

    Five years sentence was handed out to Sarah.

    I’m going to give you several handouts.

    These people are expecting for handouts from the government.

  • Sebastian RC

    Amazing episode! Thanks Luke.

    By the way, I reckon there’s a tiny mistake on the transcrypt on minute 1:08, the line which says “So not only you can hand out physical things”. Isn’t it “Not only CAN you hand out…?”


  • María José

    As soon as you take a sit I´ll hand out the sheets of the song we are going to learn today.
    He should be handed out for this!
    Would you take the handouts for me in case there is any?
    She want to ask for a handout? Does she need one?

  • Kamil

    Brother could you please hand out these papers for me? OK. Everybody’s there. We’ll hand out you an agenda of the conference in the nick of time. Please, be patient. I’m a student and I’m living on handouts from my parents. But it’s not completely like that. I worked on holidays and I earned a lot of money so I help them as well. I don’t like to scrounge money from them. I’m not a scrounger. There are many scroungers in rich countries. They only expect to get money from the gouvernment. They neither work, nor they intend to find a job. They like this way of living. Money for free? Huh? England has problems with this social werfare politics. Don’t hand out you bank accounts to strangers. In fact, don’t hand it out to anybody. It might be risky. Making hoax bomb calls is a very stupid thing. In Poland, a severe punishment is handed out to the poeple who commit this serious crime. Law enforcement shouldn’t even react to it. Why inform somebody in advance on planting a bomb. It’s evident that there is no bomb and it’s a big fat lie.