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handsel

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something given to someone without expectation of a return
  • gave little handsels to their houseguests on New Year's Day

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“Handsel.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/handsel. Accessed 27 Oct. 2020.

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