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Have your hands full

A waitress carries glasses of beer at the Oktoberfest in Munich, southern Germany.

A waitress carries glasses of beer at the Oktoberfest in Munich, southern Germany. Photo: Frank Leonhardt/GettyImages

Today's Phrase

If you 'have your hands full', you are extremely busy.

For example:

He can't help today because he has his hands full. He has to go shopping, pick his children up from school and then cook dinner.

I've really got my hands full today. I haven't even had a chance to make a cup of tea yet.

Can I call you later because I've got my hands full right now? I've got so much to do.

Don't confuse it with

You can say someone is a 'handful' if they are difficult to deal with.

My niece is a lovely child but she's a real handful. She made such a mess in my house yesterday.

Christopher is such a handful when he's been drinking. After a few beers he starts hugging everyone - even strangers!

Interesting fact

The Oktoberfest is a 16-day festival that takes place every year in Germany and ends on the first Sunday in October. More than 6 million people attend the festival each year - and the total beer consumption exceeds 65,000 hectolitres (1,430,000 gallons).

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