mishandle

[ mis-han-dl ]
/ mɪsˈhæn dl /

verb (used with object), mis·han·dled, mis·han·dling.

to handle badly; maltreat: to mishandle a dog.
to manage badly: to mishandle an estate.
to lose or misplace: to mishandle baggage.

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Origin of mishandle

First recorded in 1490–1500; mis-1 + handle
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British Dictionary definitions for mishandling

mishandle
/ (ˌmɪsˈhændəl) /

verb

(tr) to handle or treat badly or inefficiently
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