- a person's name, especially the given name.
- a person's alias, nickname, or code name.
- a username, as on a social media website: What's your Twitter handle?
- a name or term by which something is known, described, or explained.
verb (used with object), han·dled, han·dling.
verb (used without object), han·dled, han·dling.
Words nearby handle
Idioms for handle
Origin of handle
OTHER WORDS FROM handle
British Dictionary definitions for fly off the handle
verb (mainly tr)
Derived forms of handlehandleable, adjectivehandled, adjectivehandleless, adjective
Word Origin for handle
Cultural definitions for fly off the handle
To become suddenly enraged: “When Jack's father found out about the car, he really flew off the handle.”
Idioms and Phrases with fly off the handle (1 of 2)
Lose one's temper, as in Tom flies off the handle at the slightest setback. This metaphoric expression alludes to the loosened head of a hammer flying off after a blow. [Early 1800s]
Idioms and Phrases with fly off the handle (2 of 2)
In addition to the idioms beginning with handle
- handle to one's name
- handle with gloves
- fly off the handle
- get a fix (handle) on