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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According to reports, on Friday at the Tuscon campus, several dozen students gathered to protest the handling of the physical assault by campus police. Tanya A. Christian, Essence, "Outrage Grows After Two White Men Physically Attack Black Student At The University Of Arizona," 16 Sep. 2019 Others, like former senator Bob Corker of Tennessee, have raised alarms about his handling of national security. Mark Landler, BostonGlobe.com, "Brexit uprising poses contrast to the GOP," 7 Sep. 2019 At a June 10 meeting with DWP managers, Kennedy and her staff asked about the handling of those contracts. Dakota Smith, Los Angeles Times, "A city auditor was investigating DWP contracts. She says she was warned not to be ‘thorough’," 5 Sep. 2019 Liverpool have released a counter-statement denying the claims made by Bobby Duncan's agent Saif Rubie, after the youngster's representative made stinging claims about the club's handling of the 18-year-old. SI.com, "Liverpool Launch Staunch Defence of Bobby Duncan Treatment After Agent Outburst," 28 Aug. 2019 While expressing confidence about their handling of the situation, the senior police commanders conceded that the confrontations have grown increasingly violent. Ivan Watson, CNN, "Hong Kong's police describe their side of the protests," 15 Aug. 2019 But local officials, particularly those in New York, do in fact have serious questions to answer about the handling of Epstein’s case. Jane Coaston, Vox, "The state of New York protected Jeffrey Epstein — not his victims," 11 July 2019 Following fresh concerns about the handling of athletes switching schools, the NCAA approved several adjustments Wednesday to the guidelines used to determine when waivers can be granted to transfers seeking immediate eligibility to play. Ralph D. Russo, baltimoresun.com, "Hoping for clarity, NCAA adjusts transfer waiver guidelines," 27 June 2019 The appeal must clearly outline what the policyholder thinks was inappropriate about the handling of the claim. Kaila Contreras, Houston Chronicle, "FEMA details flood insurance claim process at Kingwood meeting," 21 June 2019

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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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