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
Moreover, a year-long investigation by the Center makes clear that pushing the rods too closely together in 2011 wasn’t the first time that Los Alamos workers had mishandled plutonium and risked deaths from an inadvertent burst of radiation.
Following an internal investigation, Nomura found a former branch manager in Kyushu in southern Japan mishandled private information that Wash House Co. was considering a stock split, Bloomberg reported earlier this month.
The company mishandled a woman’s medical files after she’d been raped by an Uber driver in India.
Todd Peterson mishandled a comebacker as Ritschman scored from third but threw out the batter at second for the final out.
After Nick Bledsoe was hit by a pitch to load the bases with two outs, Angelo Cantelo hit a grounder that the shortstop mishandled for an error, scoring the tying run.
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.
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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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