one of a handful of attorneys in the Southwest who specialize in water-rights laws
A person who is very difficult to deal with or control
the kids could be such a handful
a small number or amount; "only a handful of responses were received"
the quantity that can be held in the hand
As much as the hand will grasp or contain. - Joseph Addison; A hand's breadth; four inches; A small quantity, usually approximately equal to five, the number of fingers on a hand; Something which can only be managed with difficulty
five pounds (£5), 20th century, derived simply by association to the five digits on a hand.