[ mis-han-dl ]
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verb (used with object),mis·han·dled, mis·han·dling.
  1. to handle badly; maltreat: to mishandle a dog.

  2. to manage badly: to mishandle an estate.

  1. to lose or misplace: to mishandle baggage.

Origin of mishandle

First recorded in 1490–1500; mis-1 + handle

Words Nearby mishandle

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How to use mishandle in a sentence

  • That misstep turned the narrative into how Romney would handle (or mishandle) a crisis, rather than keeping the focus on Obama.

  • A man hasn't many privileges in this country, but he might at least be allowed to mishandle his own rifle.

    Life's Handicap | Rudyard Kipling
  • I hope they'll be all right careful of them pianos and not mishandle them so they'll get out of tune.

    Bucky O'Connor | William MacLeod Raine

British Dictionary definitions for mishandle


/ (ˌmɪsˈhændəl) /

  1. (tr) to handle or treat badly or inefficiently

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