- to handle roughly.
- to move by human strength, without the use of mechanical appliances.
Origin of manhandle
Examples from the Web for manhandling
You know he's got a system of manhandling that's near the record in these parts.The Trail of '98
Robert W. Service
Presently the giant paused in manhandling his men, and sniffed the air.The Moon Colony
William Dixon Bell
By manhandling Bud Hemmingway for wrapping up the wrong ankle, maam!The Ranchman
Charles Alden Seltzer
Forgive me for manhandling you—and all the rest, if you can!The Lamp in the Desert
Ethel M. Dell
They passed two more parties of aliens on the move, manhandling with them bulky objects the Terran could not identify.Storm Over Warlock
- to handle or push (someone) about roughly
- to move or do by manpower rather than by machinery
Word Origin and History for manhandling
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]