hand.i.cap (n.)

  1. Sports & Games.
    1. A race or contest in which advantages or compensations are given different contestants to equalize the chances of winning.
    2. Such an advantage or penalty.
  2. A physical or mental disability.
  3. A hindrance.

[From obsolete hand in cap, a game in which forfeits were held in a cap.]

Source: The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition

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