- a touching, grasping, or using with the hands.
- the manner of treating or dealing with something; management; treatment.
- the manual or mechanical method or process by which something is moved, carried, transported, etc.
- of or relating to the process of moving, transporting, delivering, working with, etc.: The factory added a 10 percent handling charge for delivery.
Origin of handling
- a part of a thing made specifically to be grasped or held by the hand.
- that which may be held, seized, grasped, or taken advantage of in effecting a purpose: The clue was a handle for solving the mystery.
- a person's name, especially the given name.
- a person's alias, nickname, or code name.
- a username, as on a social media website: What's your Twitter handle?
- a name or term by which something is known, described, or explained.
- the total amount wagered on an event, series of events, or for an entire season or seasons, as at a gambling casino or in horse racing: The track handle for the day was over a million dollars.
- the total amount of money taken in by a business concern on one transaction, sale, event, or series of transactions, or during a specific period, especially by a theater, nightclub, sports arena, resort hotel, or the like.
- hand(def 27).
- Informal. a way of getting ahead or gaining an advantage: The manufacturer regards the new appliance as its handle on the Christmas market.
- to touch, pick up, carry, or feel with the hand or hands; use the hands on; take hold of.
- to manage, deal with, or be responsible for: My wife handles the household accounts. This computer handles all our billing.
- to use or employ, especially in a particular manner; manipulate: to handle color expertly in painting.
- to manage, direct, train, or control: to handle troops.
- to deal with (a subject, theme, argument, etc.): The poem handled the problem of instinct versus intellect.
- to deal with or treat in a particular way: to handle a person with tact.
- to deal or trade in: to handle dry goods.
- to behave or perform in a particular way when handled, directed, managed, etc.: The troops handled well. The jet was handling poorly.
- fly off the handle, Informal. to become very agitated or angry, especially without warning or adequate reason: I can't imagine why he flew off the handle like that.
- get/have a handle on, to acquire an understanding or knowledge of: Can you get a handle on what your new boss expects?
Origin of handle
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Examples from the Web for handling
The Atlantic has reported extensively on the at least $600 million Amazon stands to be paid for handling CIA data.How Amazon Became Santa’s Sweatshop
December 11, 2014
In all honesty she may be handling it better, in terms of not letting it affect her as a person or screw up her life.Jeopardy! Champion Julia Collins’s Brain Feels Like Mush
November 20, 2014
Last year he was severely criticized for his handling of a land deal with a neighbor in financial distress.What the Hell Happened in Vermont?!
November 13, 2014
The President made some initial errors in his handling of the Ebola crisis.The GOP Senate: A New Utopia Dawns
P. J. O’Rourke
November 8, 2014
How do you feel the Michael Jackson estate is handling his music?Quincy Jones Talks Chicago’s Mean Streets, Why Kanye West Is No Michael Jackson, and Bieber
September 25, 2014
What may be said of the handling of pastry in its preparation for baking?Woman's Institute Library of Cookery, Vol. 4
Woman's Institute of Domestic Arts and Sciences
"Not in any way that I am not perfectly capable of handling myself," said Linda.Her Father's Daughter
How he had always hated the thought of any one handling what was his!Dust
Mr. and Mrs. Haldeman-Julius
But what good is strength alone in the handling of a weapon?Micah Clarke
Arthur Conan Doyle
The plants have a tendency to turn blackish if they are bruised in handling them.The Mushroom, Edible and Otherwise
M. E. Hard
- the act or an instance of picking up, turning over, or touching something
- treatment, as of a theme in literature
- the process by which a commodity is packaged, transported, etc
- (as modifier)handling charges
- law the act of receiving property that one knows or believes to be stolen
- the part of a utensil, drawer, etc, designed to be held in order to move, use, or pick up the object
- NZ a glass beer mug with a handle
- slang a person's name or title
- a CB radio slang name for call sign
- an opportunity, reason, or excuse for doing somethinghis background served as a handle for their mockery
- the quality, as of textiles, perceived by touching or feeling
- the total amount of a bet on a horse race or similar event
- fly off the handle informal to become suddenly extremely angry
- to pick up and hold, move, or touch with the hands
- to operate or employ using the handsthe boy handled the reins well
- to have power or control overmy wife handles my investments
- to manage successfullya secretary must be able to handle clients
- to discuss (a theme, subject, etc)
- to deal with or treat in a specified wayI was handled with great tact
- to trade or deal in (specified merchandise)
- (intr) to react or respond in a specified way to operation or controlthe car handles well on bends
Word Origin and History for handling
Old English handlung "action of touching or feeling," from handlian (see handle (v.)). Meaning "way in which something handles" (especially a motor vehicle) is from 1962.
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.