Origin of handling
- 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
Related Words for handlingconduct, administration, supervision, treatment, manipulation, approach, care, direction, charge, running, superintendence, styling
Examples from the Web for handling
Contemporary Examples of handling
The Atlantic has reported extensively on the at least $600 million Amazon stands to be paid for handling CIA data.How Amazon Became Santa’s Sweatshop
December 11, 2014
In all honesty she may be handling it better, in terms of not letting it affect her as a person or screw up her life.Jeopardy! Champion Julia Collins’s Brain Feels Like Mush
November 20, 2014
Last year he was severely criticized for his handling of a land deal with a neighbor in financial distress.What the Hell Happened in Vermont?!
November 13, 2014
The President made some initial errors in his handling of the Ebola crisis.The GOP Senate: A New Utopia Dawns
P. J. O’Rourke
November 8, 2014
How do you feel the Michael Jackson estate is handling his music?Quincy Jones Talks Chicago’s Mean Streets, Why Kanye West Is No Michael Jackson, and Bieber
September 25, 2014
Historical Examples of handling
What may be said of the handling of pastry in its preparation for baking?Woman's Institute Library of Cookery, Vol. 4
Woman's Institute of Domestic Arts and Sciences
"Not in any way that I am not perfectly capable of handling myself," said Linda.Her Father's Daughter
How he had always hated the thought of any one handling what was his!Dust
Mr. and Mrs. Haldeman-Julius
But what good is strength alone in the handling of a weapon?Micah Clarke
Arthur Conan Doyle
The plants have a tendency to turn blackish if they are bruised in handling them.The Mushroom, Edible and Otherwise
M. E. Hard
- the process by which a commodity is packaged, transported, etc
- (as modifier)handling charges
verb (mainly tr)
Word Origin for handle
Old English handlung "action of touching or feeling," from handlian (see handle (v.)). Meaning "way in which something handles" (especially a motor vehicle) is from 1962.
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