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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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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As a 'big player' and a 'big character', Lampard suggests that Costa's ability to manhandle the potentially fragile Arsenal back line will prove to be the difference in the tie., "Frank Lampard Warns Arsenal of 'Big Player' Diego Costa Ahead of Europa League Clash," 1 May 2018 The encouraging thing, there wasn’t a whole lot of getting manhandled physically. Adam Jude, The Seattle Times, "UW’s Chris Petersen reviews loss to Auburn: on red-zone woes, ‘blatant’ helmet-to-helmet hit on Jake Browning, Jimmy Lake’s debut and more," 3 Sep. 2018 The whole first act is a flurry of Spacek and Strathairn sketching out equations, manhandling notebooks, and shooting each other looks that say more than most dialogue usually does. Sean O'kane, The Verge, "LCD Soundsystem’s new music video is basically a Rian Johnson short film," 27 Sep. 2018 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

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First Known Use of manhandle

1851, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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