verb (used with object), man·han·dled, man·han·dling.
- mangrove snapper,
- mangrove swamp,
- manhattan beach,
- manhattan clam chowder,
- manhattan district,
- manhattan project
Origin of manhandle
Examples from the Web for manhandle
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
“The next time you manhandle a fellow, just be good enough to ask whether he is a friend or an enemy,” he shouted out.The Young Rajah|W.H.G. Kingston
If you have touched a button and called some fool clerk, I'll manhandle you!
You can manhandle me, but you can't make me turn against Sidney Prale.
You're going to open your mouth and tell me what you mean, if I have to manhandle you.
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]