Definition of MISHANDLE

to inflict physical or emotional harm upon <having been shuffled from foster home to foster home, the orphaned girl felt she had been mishandled by an uncaring society>
to abuse physically <adopted a sadly mishandled puppy from the pound>
Synonyms maltreat, maul, mishandle, rough (up)
to manage badly <we took over as soon as we realized that the fill-in had been mishandling the situation>
Near Antonyms govern, handle, husband, manage, rule; care (for), nurture; aid, help, protect, rescue

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