Context : Politics, Social Life
While a handout is a charitable gesture, the modern usage of the term has a negative connotation. Handouts to homeless people, for example, have been criticized for contributing the homeless problem by encouraging people not to seek work. The term is also in vogue in politics. It is synonymous with "welfare" and "government spending". The Right uses the term "handout" frequently when criticizing the policies of the Left.
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