Fame is an empty bubble, indeed, easily burst if not handled with care.
Central questions of gender and ethnicity are handled with a delicate clarity.
Buckner seems to have handled the notoriety with admirable grace and poise.
Even young people who had never experienced conflict before this last scuffle in November handled it better than I did.
She considers it a crucial part of the creative process, one that should be handled with care.
He handled with dexterity the black horse that he rode and whose spirit seemed no wise abated by the long road it had traveled.
Dot, who possessed three, shook her head as she handled her muslin dress.
She adjudged the case on its merits, as it would be handled by an administrator of the law—the common law we all must keep.
The driver stepped into the cab of the engine and handled his levers.
Sam handled the machine like a veteran and even showed what he could do by making a small figure eight and a spiral dip.
Old English handle, formed from hand (n.) with instrumental suffix -le indicating a tool in the way thimble was formed from thumb. The slang sense of "nickname" is first recorded 1870, originally U.S., from earlier expressions about adding a handle to (one's) name, i.e. a title such as Mister or Sir, attested from 1833. To fly off the handle (1833) is a figurative reference to an ax head (to be off the handle "be excited" is recorded from 1825, American English). To get a handle on "get control of" is first recorded 1972.
Old English handlian "to touch or move with the hands," also "deal with, discuss;" see handle (n.). Akin to Old Norse höndla "to seize, capture," Danish handle "to trade, deal," German handeln "to bargain, trade." Related: Handled; handling. Meaning "to act towards (someone) in a certain manner" (usually with hostility or roughness) is from c.1200. The commercial sense was weaker in English than in some other Germanic languages, but it emerged in American English (1888) from the notion of something passing through one's hands, and cf. handler.
To cope with; manage; hack: He can handle Tom's temper tantrums very well/ My wife left me and I don't know how to handle it (1970s+)