To give a handle

To give a handle
Handle Han"dle, n. [AS. handle. See {Hand}.] 1. That part of vessels, instruments, etc., which is held in the hand when used or moved, as the haft of a sword, the knob of a door, the bail of a kettle, etc. [1913 Webster]

2. That of which use is made; the instrument for effecting a purpose; a tool. --South. [1913 Webster]

{To give a handle}, to furnish an occasion or means. [1913 Webster]


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