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[hand-ler] /ˈhænd lər/
a person or thing that handles.
Boxing. a person who assists in the training of a fighter or is the fighter's second during a fight.
a person who exhibits a dog in a bench show or field trial.
Origin of handler
1350-1400; Middle English. See handle, -er1 Unabridged
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  • He was already beginning to show his natural fitness as a handler of weapons.

    The Story of the Outlaw Emerson Hough
  • "There's a certain advantage to this," he said as he moved the handler delicately.

    Pandemic Jesse Franklin Bone
  • Count Redstone's handler, a bronzed, gray-haired veteran, said "Ready!"

    Frank of Freedom Hill Samuel A. Derieux
  • Comet found birds and Swygert, his handler, flushed them and shot.

    Frank of Freedom Hill Samuel A. Derieux
  • When with the gambler, or the roue, he was equally at home—a debauchee, or a handler of cards.

    Ellen Walton Alvin Addison
British Dictionary definitions for handler


a person, esp a police officer, in charge of a specially trained dog
a person who handles some specified thing: a baggage handler
a person who holds or incites a dog, gamecock, etc, esp in a race or contest
the trainer or second of a boxer


Daniel. born 1970, US writer for older children, best known for the macabre humour of his A Series of Unfortunate Events, a sequence of books written in the persona of Lemony Snicket
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Word Origin and History for handler

late 14c., "one who handles" anything, agent noun from handle (v.). Specific sense of "one engaged in trade" is from 1690s; that of "prizefighter's assistant" (1916) was earlier used in reference to dogfights and cockfights (1825).

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A person who seconds, supports, advises, etc, a principal: Bush and his political handlers believe, as Reagan did, that the way to the people's heart is paved with unshucked corn

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[1950+ Prizefighting; the term was used of those who handled gamecocks, dogs, etc, by 1825]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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