mishandle

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verb mis·han·dle \-ˈhan-dəl\

Definition of mishandle

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to treat roughly :  maltreat

  3. 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.

1530

First Known Use of mishandle

1530


MISHANDLE Defined for English Language Learners

mishandle

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verb mis·han·dle \-ˈhan-dəl\

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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