- 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 mishandling
Prints of films are also at risk of mishandling by their exhibitors.How to Save Silent Movies: Inside New Jersey’s Cinema Paradiso
October 2, 2014
Now I am sure it will be absolutely clear and there will not be any mishandling or any mistakes.Israel Quietly Freezes Construction Through Barack Obama’s Visit
March 18, 2013
This, by John S. Gardner, beautifully sums up the GOP's mishandling of the tax issue during recent years.How Did We Leave Behind A Whopping Middle-class Tax Hike?
December 21, 2012
But last night turned the weight of this issue from White House's mishandling to Romney's politicization.Obama on Benghazi
October 17, 2012
Israeli voters punished him for mishandling the relationship with Israel's only true ally.Why Bibi Humiliated Biden
March 11, 2010
There are a dozen different ways of mishandling a vessel under sail.All Afloat
Not 'a cold check' after all that drenching and mishandling!The Story Of Kennett
He did not look around when the man who had been mishandling the animal said defiantly, "I quit!"The Lost Wagon
James Arthur Kjelgaard
Until you had cleared yourself of mishandling Major Buckstones dispatch, the other reminded him.The Young Continentals at Bunker Hill
John T. McIntyre
Have you seen the kick and tug at the straps of the mettled pony in stables that betrays the mishandling of him by his groom?The Amazing Marriage, Complete
- (tr) to handle or treat badly or inefficiently
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Word Origin and History for mishandling
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