well-handled

[wel-han-dld]
adjective
  1. managed, directed, or completed with efficiency: a well-handled political campaign.
  2. treated with taste, discretion, etc.: a delicate but well-handled subject.
  3. having been handled or used much: a sale of well-handled goods.

Origin of well-handled

First recorded in 1470–80
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Examples from the Web for well-handled

Contemporary Examples of well-handled

  • Say what you will about the politics of it—unwise, and not well-handled—it was the gutsy thing to do.

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    The Right Stifles Debate

    Christopher Buckley

    March 19, 2010

Historical Examples of well-handled

  • The Plantagenet force worked together and was one well-handled command.

    Poitiers

    Hilaire Belloc

  • Kyral's caravan, in spite of Cuinn's cursing, was well-managed and well-handled.

    The Door Through Space

    Marion Zimmer Bradley

  • Only a sort of fascination which never failed at the sight of a sled, and a powerful train of well-handled dogs.

    The Heart of Unaga

    Ridgwell Cullum

  • Once more the success of well-handled dilatory tactics was evident; for Mrs. Hotchkiss-Harger suddenly burst into tears.

    Sube Cane

    Edward Bellamy Partridge

  • He quartered the meadow section by section, closely and methodically as a well-handled setter.

    Neighbors Unknown

    Charles G. D. Roberts


British Dictionary definitions for well-handled

well-handled

adjective (well handled when postpositive)
  1. having been managed successfullya well-handled merger
  2. operated or employed skillfullya well-handled vehicle
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