han·​dling | \ ˈhan(d)-liŋ How to pronounce handling (audio) , ˈhan-dᵊl-iŋ\

Definition of handling

1a : the action of one that handles something
b : a process by which something is handled in a commercial transaction especially : the packaging and shipping of an object or material (as to a consumer)
2 : the manner in which something is treated (as in a musical, literary, or art work)

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Examples of handling in a Sentence

These items require careful handling. There are additional charges for shipping and handling. The car's handling was smooth.
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So that was a good job from top to bottom, coming in and playing your role and handling business. Brett Martel, The Seattle Times, "Harden scores 28, Rockets beat Pelicans 113-90," 24 Mar. 2019 The movie's handling of the central romance between Willowdean and Bo (Luke Benward), her hunky co-worker, is commendable. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Netflix's Dumplin' Has the Plus-Size Heroine I've Been Waiting For," 7 Dec. 2018 The interaction was mentioned in a much broader inspector general report from June on the FBI's handling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation, including encounters between FBI employees and members of the news media. Samuel Chamberlain, Fox News, "FBI official improperly accepted sports tickets from reporter, watchdog finds," 16 Oct. 2018 The design world darling is well known for his deft handling of historic properties. Olivia Martin, Town & Country, "This Upper East Side Townhouse Is Brimming With Bespoke Furniture and French Antiques," 25 Jan. 2019 Earlier ads criticized her handling of a prescription drug scandal at Wisconsin’s Tomah Veterans Affairs Medical Center. Fredreka Schouten, USA TODAY, "Exclusive: Secret money funds more than 40% of outside congressional ads," 12 July 2018 The comments raise further questions both about Riccobene’s role at the long-troubled agency and the fallout from its handling of the episode surrounding her. Matt Stout, BostonGlobe.com, "Duties of demoted executive in medical examiner’s office ‘remain largely the same’," 9 July 2018 Even Weinstein’s brother, Bob, and Lance Maerov—both Weinstein Company board members—were upset with her handling of the situation. Bryan Smith, Los Angeles Magazine, "How Lisa Bloom Bounced Back From Defending Harvey Weinstein," 8 June 2018 Fourteen boosters signed a letter to the State Board suggesting Staben be removed from office, with his handling of Spear's situation among the complaints. Chadd Cripe, idahostatesman, "University of Idaho extends AD Rob Spear's leave while it completes investigation," 31 May 2018

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First Known Use of handling

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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English Language Learners Definition of handling

: the act of touching, feeling, holding, or moving something
: the way that someone deals with a person, event, situation, etc.
: the act or process of packing and shipping something to someone (such as a customer)

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