man·​han·​dle | \ˈman-ˌhan-dᵊl \
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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Synonyms for manhandle


maltreat, maul, mishandle, rough (up)

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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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In response to the allegations that the usher was only manhandling black students, UF spokeswoman Margot Winick said the university is waiting for more information from its investigation. Yesha Callahan, The Root, "#GraduatingWhileBlack: University of Florida Apologizes for Pushing Black Graduates Off the Stage," 7 May 2018 Former McKinney police officer Eric Casebolt was caught on camera aggressively manhandling Becton, who had been at a pool party with friends., "Black Teen Assaulted By White Cop At Texas Pool Party Wins Settlement—And Plans Celebratory Pool Party," 20 June 2018 But this had nothing to do with winning or losing his French Open semifinal against Juan Martín del Potro, whom Nadal had just manhandled, 6-4, 6-1, 6-2, to earn a spot in the final against Dominic Thiem. Christopher Clarey, New York Times, "In Dominic Thiem, Rafael Nadal Faces a New French Open Challenge," 8 June 2018 The right-hander pitched reasonably well against a Red Sox team that manhandles just about every pitcher, allowing four runs (three earned) in six innings. Jeff Wilson, star-telegram, "Rangers Reaction: Were Rangers trying to save Choo’s streak by not using him to hit late?," 11 July 2018 As for Ohio State, the Buckeyes lose key starters in Billy Price and Jamarco Jones from an offensive line that manhandled MSU’s young defensive line last year. Chris Solari, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan State football mailbag: How Spartans match up with Buckeyes," 2 July 2018 Three Cambridge officers and one member of the Transit Police were involved in taking him into custody, and the video clearly shows Ohene being struck multiple times and manhandled. Adrian Walker,, "In Cambridge, old-fashioned police overreaction meets cellphone video," 18 Apr. 2018 In a security camera video, Russell and the second man, Kenneth Bardlett, could be seen manhandling Saghir before Russell fired a pistol overhead. Clifford Ward,, "Chicago man who ignored 'chance after chance after chance' gets 55 years for killing Bensenville store clerk," 20 June 2018 Lewandowski was fired from the Trump campaign after manhandling a reporter in 2016. Jeet Heer, The New Republic, "Corey Lewandowski’s “womp womp” moment distills Trumpian cruelty.," 20 June 2018

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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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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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