Definition of mishandle
1 : to treat roughly : maltreat
2 : to deal with or manage wrongly or ignorantly
Examples of mishandle in a Sentence
The police mishandled the investigation.
Apples are easily bruised when they are mishandled.
The shortstop mishandled the throw.
The quarterback fumbled when he mishandled the snap.
Recent Examples of mishandle from the Web
Burroughs has accused senior system staff of mishandling child abuse scandals and other crises, as well as called for Maxwell’s ouster.
Lin pleaded guilty last month to mishandling classified information, communicating national defense information and failing to report foreign contacts.
The House Ethics Committee is looking into allegations that Nunes mishandled classified information.
A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit that accused former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton of causing the 2012 deadly attack in Benghazi, Libya, by mishandling confidential information through the use of a private email server.
An investigation ensued and Zwicharowski subsequently told the Air Force Inspector General that the inquiry had been mishandled.
Ronald L. Kuby, a lawyer representing a number of defendants who claim that the former detective mishandled their cases, said the prosecutors’ stance toward Mr. Scarcella had discouraged a deeper examination of the criminal justice system.
I’m shocked but not surprised that the Israeli military, which was determined to prevent those ships from reaching the Gaza port, managed to mishandle the situation so badly.
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First Known Use of mishandle
MISHANDLE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of mishandle for English Language Learners
: to deal with or manage (something) badly or incorrectly
: to touch or treat (something) in a way that causes damage
sports : to fail to catch or hold (a ball) properly
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