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 So very sad to read about the way blind, black student Ebenezer Azamati was manhandled by @OxfordUnion. Washington Post, "Oxford Union president resigns after blind student was dragged from debate ‘by his ankles’," 20 Nov. 2019 Tilmon manhandled the Musketeers last season with 23 points on 10 of 15 shooting and 10 rebounds. Adam Baum,, "Scouting Missouri: No. 21 Xavier Musketeers basketball welcomes the Tigers Tuesday night," 11 Nov. 2019 When Silva stands up to her sibling while protecting McBride’s life, the cartel leader manhandles Silva and calls her by her birth name: Claudia. Rosy Cordero,, "Everything to remember about Amazon's Goliath before watching season 3," 4 Oct. 2019 The Bengals’ defense, which looked good against the Seahawks, was physically manhandled by the San Francisco 49ers during a 41-17 loss. oregonlive, "Buffalo Bills vs Cincinnati Bengals: Live score updates, TV channel, how to watch free live stream online," 22 Sep. 2019 Video footage showed truncheon-wielding riot officers squirting pepper spray at a man in a group of journalists and ganging up to beat and manhandle him. Washington Post, "China’s premier says HK bill turmoil damaged whole society," 16 Dec. 2019 The horrific way agents of the DSS manhandled Sowore in court had also drawn the wrath of US Senators representing New Jersey where Sowore is a resident. Rudolf Ogoo Okonkwo, Quartz Africa, "Nigeria has been quietly crushing press freedom—but now the world is watching," 9 Dec. 2019 Think back to the past two weeks when the Dolphins lines were manhandled by both good Buffalo Bills lines and makeshift Cleveland Browns lines., "Hyde: Don’t forget the big uglies in Dolphins’ focus on finding a QB | Commentary," 30 Nov. 2019 But maybe the most compelling matchup, and one creating plenty of divided opinions, will occur in Pittsburgh, where the Steelers host the Browns just two weeks after the Browns manhandled them 21-7 in a game that ended with an ugly brawl. Nate Davis, USA TODAY, "USA TODAY Sports' Week 13 NFL picks: Do Steelers get even with Browns, retain final AFC wild-card spot?," 28 Nov. 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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9 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Manhandle.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 23 January 2020.

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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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