mishandle

verb
mis·​han·​dle | \ -ˈhan-dᵊl How to pronounce mishandle (audio) \
mishandled; mishandling; mishandles

Definition of mishandle

transitive verb

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

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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.
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The good news: Fewer bags were mishandled, fewer passengers were bumped from flights and fewer complaints were filed with the DOT. Scott Mccartney, WSJ, "The Best and Worst U.S. Airlines of 2018," 16 Jan. 2019 There were already legitimate concerns those ballots were mishandled, given the testimony of ballots that were collected unfinished or unsealed. Dylan Scott, Vox, "More evidence piles up in North Carolina election fraud scandal," 26 Dec. 2018 All of this has been mishandled and that can be laid at the feet of Senator Dianne Feinstein. Fox News, "President Trump talks Kavanaugh controversy, Russia probe," 20 Sep. 2018 In 2005, Sharon suffered a subarachnoid hemorrhage which was mishandled by a major local hospital, forcing her into early retirement. courant.com, "Sharon E. Torrant," 8 July 2018 The sheriff's office is also facing a backlash for apparently mishandling some of the 18 tipster calls related to the suspected shooter. CBS News, "Stoneman Douglas High School students re-enter school shooting site," 26 Feb. 2018 Trump’s lawyers also privately asked the Justice Department last year to investigate Comey for mishandling sensitive government information and for his role in the Clinton email investigation. Maggie Haberman, The Seattle Times, "Trump pushed for Justice Dept. prosecution of Clinton, Comey," 20 Nov. 2018 Time United Airlines faces another case of mishandling a dog, after mistakenly shipping a German Shepherd to Japan while his family flew to Kansas City. Bart Jansen, USA TODAY, "United back in doghouse after mistakenly shipping German Shepherd to Japan," 15 Mar. 2018 Wells Fargo is facing yet another accusation of mishandling customers' accounts. Mike Rogoway, OregonLive.com, "Wells Fargo's Portland office accused of closing fraud victims' accounts," 1 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of mishandle

1530, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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Dictionary Entries near mishandle

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misguide

misguided

mishandle

mishanter

mishap

Mishawaka

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The first known use of mishandle was in 1530

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mishandle

verb

English Language Learners Definition of mishandle

: 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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