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mismanage

[mis-man-ij] /mɪsˈmæn ɪdʒ/
verb (used with or without object), mismanaged, mismanaging.
1.
to manage incompetently or dishonestly:
to mismanage funds.
Origin of mismanage
1680-1690
First recorded in 1680-90; mis-1 + manage
Related forms
mismanagement, noun
mismanager, noun
Synonyms
mishandle, bungle, botch, maladminister.
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  • I can't conceive how he contrived to mismanage his affairs.'

    North and South Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell
  • And yet how sadly we mismanage men, and misuse opportunities.

    Life of John Coleridge Patteson Charlotte M. Yonge
  • They are so simple in construction, that servants cannot mismanage them.

  • Would Durgan fail at the pinch and mismanage it so as to give the alarm?

    The Grafters Francis Lynde
  • Take it, and you provide Jamie and yourself with a home, he has his freedom, and you can manage or mismanage him as you list.

    In the Roar of the Sea Sabine Baring-Gould
  • If the Assistant Commissioner wanted to mismanage this affair nothing, of course, could prevent him.

    The Secret Agent Joseph Conrad
  • And I am not going to stand by silently while you mismanage these sacred funds the way you have chosen to do in recent months.

    The Great Gray Plague Raymond F. Jones
  • You never would have had any property to mismanage if it hadn't been for her; and see the way you show your gratitude for it.

  • His chief defect was his forgetfulness and absence of mind, which made him mismanage important business.

    The Memoires of Casanova, Complete Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
  • I can't afford to send some bungler who'd mismanage and let the sand-hills devour a half a dozen of my best legions.

    The Unwilling Vestal Edward Lucas White
British Dictionary definitions for mismanage

mismanage

/ˌmɪsˈmænɪdʒ/
verb
1.
(transitive) to manage badly or wrongly
Derived Forms
mismanagement, noun
mismanager, noun
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Word Origin and History for mismanage
v.

1680s, from mis- (1) + manage. Related: Mismanaged; mismanaging.

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