Origin of handled
- 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.
Origin of handle
Synonyms for handle
Examples from the Web for handled
Contemporary Examples of handled
I think we handled it as well as we could have, given the exigencies of production.‘Archer’ Creator Adam Reed Spills Season 6 Secrets, From Surreal Plotlines to Life Post-ISIS
January 8, 2015
With better training on how specifically to deal with people with ID, the deputies might have handled the situation differently.How the U.S. Justice System Screws Prisoners with Disabilities
December 16, 2014
The violence was turned up to 11, but the message could still have been handled with more subtlety.‘Fury’: A Ludicrous WWII Movie More Violent Than ‘Inglourious Basterds’
October 20, 2014
A small trickle of donations from friends and family, handled by a church in Indiana, was his main source of funding.ISIS Thugs Behead Peter Kassig
October 4, 2014
Treasury has said the selection process is competitive enough and the contracts are handled responsibly.Megabanks Have The Federal Prison System Locked Up
Center for Public Integrity
October 2, 2014
Historical Examples of handled
"The cable would have handled that end of it, I guess," she said, succinctly.Within the Law
I had handled thousands and thousands before, and never felt that way.Thoroughbreds
W. A. Fraser
All these things and anything that develops from them shall be handled carefully.
Would you be satisfied if I handled the matter quietly and in my own way?
There are not many 30-horsepower engines which can be so handled.Flying Machines
W.J. Jackman and Thos. H. Russell
verb (mainly tr)
Word Origin for handle
Old English handle, formed from hand (n.) with instrumental suffix -le indicating a tool in the way thimble was formed from thumb. The slang sense of "nickname" is first recorded 1870, originally U.S., from earlier expressions about adding a handle to (one's) name, i.e. a title such as Mister or Sir, attested from 1833. To fly off the handle (1833) is a figurative reference to an ax head (to be off the handle "be excited" is recorded from 1825, American English). To get a handle on "get control of" is first recorded 1972.
Old English handlian "to touch or move with the hands," also "deal with, discuss;" see handle (n.). Akin to Old Norse höndla "to seize, capture," Danish handle "to trade, deal," German handeln "to bargain, trade." Related: Handled; handling. Meaning "to act towards (someone) in a certain manner" (usually with hostility or roughness) is from c.1200. The commercial sense was weaker in English than in some other Germanic languages, but it emerged in American English (1888) from the notion of something passing through one's hands, and cf. handler.
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