- to handle badly; maltreat: to mishandle a dog.
- to manage badly: to mishandle an estate.
- to lose or misplace: to mishandle baggage.
Origin of mishandle
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Examples from the Web for mishandle
That misstep turned the narrative into how Romney would handle (or mishandle) a crisis, rather than keeping the focus on Obama.Obama Leads and Democrats Crow, But Watch Out
September 21, 2012
- (tr) to handle or treat badly or inefficiently
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Word Origin and History for mishandle
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