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mishandle

verb

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1 to inflict physical or emotional harm upon
  • having been shuffled from foster home to foster home, the orphaned girl felt she had been mishandled by an uncaring society

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2 to abuse physically
  • adopted a sadly mishandled puppy from the pound

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3 to manage badly
  • we took over as soon as we realized that the fill-in had been mishandling the situation

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The first known use of mishandle was in 1530

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“Mishandle.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/mishandle. Accessed 21 Apr. 2021.

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