handicapping handicapping  /ˈhæn di ˌkæ pɪŋ/


  1. (n) the condition of being unable to perform as a consequence of physical or mental unfitness
  2. (n) advantage given to a competitor to equalize chances of winning
  3. (n) something immaterial that interferes with or delays action or progress
  4. (v) injure permanently
  5. (v) attempt to forecast the winner (especially in a horse race) and assign odds for or against a contestant
  6. (v) put at a disadvantage

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  1. The latest handicapping: Katie Couric A network source tells PTI the Today Show co-anchor has been approached about the job.
  2. A wedding-season guide for handicapping the newlyweds.
  3. Further handicapping proceedings is intense time pressure.


  1. See spot. See spot bet: This week's best spot bet opportunities

    Spot bets are a classic handicapping practice that have proven profitable no matter what sport you’re betting. Whether it’s a team looking past this week’s opponent, one coming off a hard-fought victory, or a rough patch of schedule, bettors can fin...
    on June 11, 2013     Source: Covers.com

  2. Handicapping 101: How Much Information Is Too Much?

    During my first year of thoroughbred handicapping, I recall being at Belmont Park listening in awe as a fellow player enquired about wind conditions on his cell phone for the upcoming race at an out of town track. He went on to discuss a few other "involved" factors, eyes racing vacantly, before flying off to the windows as if his entire life depended upon it. When he returned, he was saying ...
    on June 11, 2013     Source: Bleacher Report

  3. Dipsea notes: Lepelch's 12th-place finish matches his age

    With its detailed handicapping system, the Dipsea Race favors runners on both ends of the age spectrum, something that 12-year-old Julian Lepelch used to his advantage.
    on June 10, 2013     Source: Marin Independent Journal


  1. "At the opening, [NSW] over-racing compared to Victoria and Queensland, was mentioned but that was the only time it came up," Nicholson said at Rosehill on Saturday. "It [the meeting] quickly moved to programming and handicapping and never...
    on Jan 18, 2009 By: John Henry Nicholson Source: Sydney Morning Herald

  2. "The back is OK," Federer said as he geared up to open his campaign at the second Masters 1000 tournament of the season here. "I still wish it was better, but it's not really handicapping me even when I'm playing."
    on Mar 25, 2009 By: Roger Federer Source: AFP

  3. "You never want to go on the DL. I was handicapping the team because I couldn't play," Helton said. "In the big picture, this could be the best thing."
    on Jul 8, 2010 By: Todd Helton Source: Denver Post

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