handful noun

1 amount that can be held in one hand

ADJ. good | double She bent and pulled up a double handful of weeds.

PREP. ~ of She grabbed handfuls of the dirty snow.

2 small number of people/things

ADJ. small, tiny | mere having to cope with a mere handful of staff | good He has a good handful of letters after his name.

PREP. ~ of a handful of people

PHRASES just/only a handful of sth We have received only a small handful of letters on this subject.