- managed, directed, or completed with efficiency: a well-handled political campaign.
- treated with taste, discretion, etc.: a delicate but well-handled subject.
- having been handled or used much: a sale of well-handled goods.
Origin of well-handled
First recorded in 1470–80
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Examples from the Web for well-handled
Say what you will about the politics of it—unwise, and not well-handled—it was the gutsy thing to do.The Right Stifles Debate
March 19, 2010
The Plantagenet force worked together and was one well-handled command.Poitiers
Kyral's caravan, in spite of Cuinn's cursing, was well-managed and well-handled.The Door Through Space
Marion Zimmer Bradley
Only a sort of fascination which never failed at the sight of a sled, and a powerful train of well-handled dogs.The Heart of Unaga
Once more the success of well-handled dilatory tactics was evident; for Mrs. Hotchkiss-Harger suddenly burst into tears.Sube Cane
Edward Bellamy Partridge
He quartered the meadow section by section, closely and methodically as a well-handled setter.Neighbors Unknown
Charles G. D. Roberts
- having been managed successfullya well-handled merger
- operated or employed skillfullya well-handled vehicle
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