- to handle badly; maltreat: to mishandle a dog.
- to manage badly: to mishandle an estate.
- to lose or misplace: to mishandle baggage.
Origin of mishandle
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Related Wordserr, botch, flub, muff, fumble, mistreat, misuse, bungle, misdirect, blow, goof, harm, pervert, overlook, blunder, confound, abuse, misapply, misconduct, prostitute
Examples from the Web for mishandle
That misstep turned the narrative into how Romney would handle (or mishandle) a crisis, rather than keeping the focus on Obama.Obama Leads and Democrats Crow, But Watch Out
September 21, 2012
- (tr) to handle or treat badly or inefficiently
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Word Origin and History for mishandle
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