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[wel-han-dld] /ˈwɛlˈhæn dld/
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 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • The Plantagenet force worked together and was one well-handled command.

    Poitiers Hilaire Belloc
  • Kyral's caravan, in spite of Cuinn's cursing, was well-managed and well-handled.

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  • Only a sort of fascination which never failed at the sight of a sled, and a powerful train of well-handled dogs.

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  • Once more the success of well-handled dilatory tactics was evident; for Mrs. Hotchkiss-Harger suddenly burst into tears.

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  • He quartered the meadow section by section, closely and methodically as a well-handled setter.

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British Dictionary definitions for well-handled


adjective (well handled when postpositive)
having been managed successfully: a well-handled merger
operated or employed skillfully: a well-handled vehicle
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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