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noun 
  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.
The older boy won, even with a of five meters.
A in chess often involves removal of the queen's rook.
  1. Hence the disadvantage itself, in particular physical or mental disadvantages of people.
  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. (obsolete) An old game at cards. - Pepys
verb (handicap, p, ed)
  1. (transitive) To encumber with a handicap in any contest
  2. (context, transitive, by extension) to place at disadvantage
The candidate was heavily handicapped.
Etymology: From hand in cap; -- perhaps in reference to an old mode of setting a bargain by taking pieces of money from a cap.


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