mishandle

verb mis·han·dle \ -ˈhan-dᵊl \
Updated on: 22 May 2018

Definition of mishandle

1 : to treat roughly : maltreat
2 : to deal with or manage wrongly or ignorantly

Examples of mishandle in a Sentence

  1. The police mishandled the investigation.

  2. Apples are easily bruised when they are mishandled.

  3. The shortstop mishandled the throw.

  4. The quarterback fumbled when he mishandled the snap.

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First Known Use of mishandle

1530

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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MISHANDLE Defined for English Language Learners

mishandle

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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