verb mis·han·dle \-ˈhan-dəl\

: to deal with or manage (something) badly or incorrectly

: to touch or treat (something) in a way that causes damage

sports : to fail to catch or hold (a ball) properly

Full Definition of MISHANDLE

transitive verb
:  to treat roughly :  maltreat
:  to deal with or manage wrongly or ignorantly

Examples of MISHANDLE

  1. The police mishandled the investigation.
  2. Apples are easily bruised when they are mishandled.
  3. The shortstop mishandled the throw.
  4. The quarterback fumbled when he mishandled the snap.

First Known Use of MISHANDLE


Rhymes with MISHANDLE


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