man·​han·​dle | \ ˈman-ˌhan-dᵊl How to pronounce manhandle (audio) \
manhandled; manhandling; manhandles

Definition of manhandle

transitive verb

1 : to handle roughly
2 : to move or manage by human force manhandled the posts into place

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Examples of manhandle in a Sentence

They manhandled the heavy boxes onto the truck. She manhandled the posts into place. He was manhandling the boy. He says he was manhandled by the police.
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Recent Examples on the Web Lewis is a physical receiver who uses his 6-foot-3 frame to manhandle defensive backs. al, "Top recruiting prospects can improve their stock at this week’s Super 7," 1 Dec. 2020 South Alabama was able to manhandle Southern Miss on both sides of the ball, rolling up more than 526 yards of total offense and limiting the Golden Eagles to just 95 yards rushing (35 of which came on one play late in the fourth quarter). Creg Stephenson |, al, "South Alabama ‘turns page’ to Tulane for Hancock Whitney Stadium opener," 9 Sep. 2020 Being grandmothers, the protesters say, decreases their chances of being manhandled by police on the streets as has been the fate of other groups standing in the way of nationalist marches. Monika Rębała, The Christian Science Monitor, "Polish Grannies vs. the far-right: Europe's unlikely democracy defenders," 11 May 2020 Nothing to see here, other than the game’s No. 1 goal scorer getting manhandled by the game’s premier bully., "So, who in a Black-and-Gold sweater might respond to such a thing? Monday night, no one. Crickets on an inordinately warm December eve.," 24 Dec. 2019 One week after defeating the defending Super Bowl champion New England Patriots, the Texans got manhandled at home in a 38-24 blowout loss that wasn't anywhere as close as the scoreboard indicated. Aaron Wilson, Houston Chronicle, "Texans' Carlos Hyde on blowout loss to Broncos: 'Definitely embarrassing'," 8 Dec. 2019 Miami got manhandled at the line of scrimmage on both offense and defense in Sunday’s 37-20 loss, and the game re-enforces just how much of an overhaul this Dolphins roster needs in the upcoming offseason. Omar Kelly,, "Kelly: Dolphins’ linemen got pushed around all game by Bills — and that likely won’t change anytime soon | Commentary," 17 Nov. 2019 Last Thursday, while the Broncos were busy making the Chiefs look like the 1986 New York Giants, the Cardinal (3-4) got manhandled at home by previously 1-5 UCLA in Palo Alto. Sean Keeler, The Denver Post, "Best of the West Top 25: Can CU Buffs take advantage of Pac-12’s Friday weirdness vs. USC?," 21 Oct. 2019 Sophomore guard Christaphany Murray has been getting manhandled after more than holding his own as a freshman. Ben Bolch, Los Angeles Times, "Winless UCLA hopes to replicate Mike Leach’s success at No. 19 Washington State," 20 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of manhandle

1851, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of manhandle was in 1851

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“Manhandle.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of manhandle

: to move (something) by using rough force
: to treat (someone) in a rough or physically harmful way

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