- to handle roughly.
- to move by human strength, without the use of mechanical appliances.
Origin of manhandle
Related Words for manhandlemaltreat, maul, mistreat, pull, handle, paw, beat, damage, abuse, batter, push, roughhouse, mangle
Examples from the Web for manhandle
Historical Examples of manhandle
You're going to open your mouth and tell me what you mean, if I have to manhandle you.
You can manhandle me, but you can't make me turn against Sidney Prale.
If you have touched a button and called some fool clerk, I'll manhandle you!
The only way he could stop her would be with violence, and he didn't want to manhandle her.The Lani People
J. F. Bone
But it never pays to manhandle that particular brand of tippler.Parrot & Co.
- to handle or push (someone) about roughly
- to move or do by manpower rather than by machinery
Word Origin for manhandle
mid-15c., "wield a tool," also, late 15c., "to attack (an enemy)," from man (n.) + handle (v.). Nautical meaning "to move by force of men" (without levers or tackle) is attested from 1834, and is the source of the slang meaning "to handle roughly" (1865).
[T]he two Canalers rushed into the uproar, and sought to drag their man out of it toward the forecastle. Others of the sailors joined with them in this attempt, and a twisted turmoil ensued; while standing out of harm's way, the valiant captain danced up and down with a whale-pike, calling upon his officers to manhandle that atrocious scoundrel, and smoke him along to the quarter-deck. [Melville, "The Town-Ho's Story," "Harper's" magazine, October 1851]