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 for To give a handle
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  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.
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     2. That of which use is made; the instrument for effecting a
        purpose; a tool. --South.
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     To give a handle, to furnish an occasion or means.
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