han·​dling | \ˈhan(d)-liŋ, 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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The news was a disaster for the Rebel, which was already reeling from a backlash from conservative Canadian politicians over the site’s soft handling of Charlottesville. Jane Coaston, Vox, "Steve King endorses a bona fide white supremacist for Toronto mayor," 18 Oct. 2018 Arrange 20 wafers on a lined sheet tray for easy handling and moving, then pipe orange frosting into the center of a wafer, place another on top, and gently push them together until the frosting almost comes out the side. Alexis Jones, Redbook, "The Best Halloween Food Ideas for Your Adult Gathering," 2 Aug. 2018 The president’s handling of the steel and aluminum tariffs to me was the wrong way to go. Abigail Tracy, The Hive, "“We’re Paying a Heavy Price”: Senator Ben Cardin Takes on Trump’s “Sledgehammer” Foreign Policy," 14 May 2018 The month prior, Schnatter publically blamed Papa John’s struggling third-quarter sales through football season on the NFL’s handling of players' national anthem protests, Fox Business reported. Fox News, "Papa John's ex-CEO apologizes for using racial slur in May conference call," 2 Oct. 2018 Democrats — 89 percent of whom disapprove of Trump’s handling of immigration — are almost evenly split on the question, with 49 percent saying families should be detained, while 50 percent say they should be temporarily released. Scott Clement, Washington Post, "The public rejected Trump’s child-separation policy, but a majority supports his push to detain families until court hearings," 13 July 2018 The state Department of Transportation takes no part in determining claims and has not reviewed SGL’s handling of them. Kevin Spear, OrlandoSentinel.com, "I-4 construction nightmares: Drivers seeking payment for car damage face daunting odds," 13 July 2018 Most Americans — 59 percent — don’t approve of the President’s handling of immigration, according to a Washington Post-Schar School poll released on July 6, while 39 percent approve. Alana Abramson, Time, "Most Americans Don't Approve of Trump's Immigration Policies, Poll Finds," 6 July 2018 On Thursday, Michael Horowitz, the Justice Department’s inspector general (IG), released a 565-page report based on his 17-month investigation into the FBI’s handling of the Clinton email case. Warren Richey, The Christian Science Monitor, "Inspector general on Comey: dissecting an error in judgment," 15 June 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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