Synonyms and Antonyms of mishandle
to inflict physical or emotional harm upon
- Many staffers were angry at how the boss mishandled employees who dared to complain.
molest, outrage, violate
harass, harm, hurt, injure, oppress, persecute, torment, torture
burn, sandbag, victimize, wrong
beat (up), mess (up), rough (up), work (over)
care (for), cherish, foster, nurture
baby, cater (to), coddle, favor, gratify, humor, indulge, mollycoddle, pamper, spoil
to abuse physically
- The musician brought her instrument on the plane so it would not be mishandled in baggage.
abuse, ill-treat, ill-use, mistreat, misuse
bash, batter, beat, buffet, drub, lambaste (or lambast), lick, pommel, pound, pummel, slap, thrash
harm, hurt, injure, wound
oppress, persecute, wrong
ambush, assail, attack
clobber, fight, gang up (on), hit, jump, knock
to manage badly
- We took over as soon as we realized that the fill-in had been mishandling the situation.