- to manage incompetently or dishonestly: to mismanage funds.
Origin of mismanage
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mishandle, bungle, botch, maladminister.
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Examples from the Web for mismanage
I can't conceive how he contrived to mismanage his affairs.'North and South
Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell
And yet how sadly we mismanage men, and misuse opportunities.Life of John Coleridge Patteson
Charlotte M. Yonge
They are so simple in construction, that servants cannot mismanage them.The Overland Guide-book
Would Durgan fail at the pinch and mismanage it so as to give the alarm?The Grafters
Take it, and you provide Jamie and yourself with a home, he has his freedom, and you can manage or mismanage him as you list.In the Roar of the Sea
- (tr) to manage badly or wrongly
Word Origin and History for mismanage
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