[ man-han-dl, man-han-dl ]
/ ˈmænˌhæn dl, mænˈhæn dl /

verb (used with object), man·han·dled, man·han·dling.

to handle roughly.
to move by human strength, without the use of mechanical appliances.

Origin of manhandle

1425–75; late Middle English. See man1, handle Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for manhandle

/ (ˈmænˌhændəl, ˌmænˈhændəl) /

verb (tr)

to handle or push (someone) about roughly
to move or do by manpower rather than by machinery

Word Origin for manhandle

C19: from man + handle; sense 1 perhaps also influenced by Devon dialect manangle to mangle
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