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 The Bears possess one of the NFL’s best defenses, and that unit was expected to manhandle the inconsistent Raiders’ offense. oregonlive, "Oakland Raiders’ confidence grows after defeating the Chicago Bears for their second straight win," 7 Oct. 2019 The Chiefs were manhandled up front by the Colts, who ran the ball at will while holding the Kansas City offense to 36 yards rushing. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Chiefs doomed by penalties in loss to Colts," 7 Oct. 2019 The Colts defense, led by tackling machine and all-pro linebacker Darius Leonard, has consistently manhandled the Colts' Andrew Luck-less offense throughout camp. Jim Ayello, Indianapolis Star, "Colts, Browns coaches put teams on notice: There will be no fighting during joint sessions," 13 Aug. 2019 And the Browns, who will be accused — accurately — of falling for the offseason hype about their improvement, must be embarrassed by being manhandled by the Titans, 34-13. Barry Wilner,, "A whole lot of everything on first weekend of 100th season," 9 Sep. 2019 Yet this takes the cake: Tennessee was a 26-point favorite against a team coming off a 2-10 season but lost by 15 points, manhandled along the line of scrimmage against an opponent picked to finish last in the Sun Belt. Paul Myerberg, USA TODAY, "College football's Week 1 winners and losers, starting with Willie Taggart and Florida State," 31 Aug. 2019 The way they were manhandled last week at home should give bettors pause, especially if the line goes over seven. Joe Williams, USA TODAY Sportsbook Wire, "Cleveland Browns at New York Jets odds, picks and best bets [UPDATED]," 16 Sep. 2019 Her latest criminal trial comes over a year after a viral video showed her being manhandled by three Saraland police officers on the floor of a Waffle House. Lily Jackson |, al, "Lawyer for Chikesia Clemons clams up, citing gag order in her Waffle House incident criminal trial," 15 Aug. 2019 Before the Musketeers manhandled the Spain All Stars, 80-53, Saturday in the first of three exhibition games on Spanish soil, Freemantle sampled the local cuisine, visited a local beach and got back to work in the gym. Adam Baum,, "Musketeers abroad: Xavier's travel log from Spain with freshman Zach Freemantle," 12 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of manhandle

1851, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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13 Nov 2019

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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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