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.
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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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