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Definition of Handicap
Handicap Hand"i*cap, n. [From hand in cap; -- perh. in
reference to an old mode of setting a bargain by taking
pieces of money from a cap.]
1. An allowance of a certain amount of time or distance in
starting, granted in a race to the competitor possessing
inferior advantages; or an additional weight or other
hindrance imposed upon the one possessing superior
advantages, in order to equalize, as much as possible, the
chances of success; as, the handicap was five seconds, or
ten pounds, and the like.
2. A race, for horses or men, or any contest of agility,
strength, or skill, in which there is an allowance of
time, distance, weight, or other advantage, to equalize
the chances of the competitors.
3. An old game at cards. [Obs.] --Pepys.
HandicapHandicap Hand"i*cap, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Handicapped; p. pr.
& vb. n. Handicapping.]
To encumber with a handicap in any contest; hence, in
general, to place at disadvantage; as, the candidate was
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