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[hand-ler] /ˈhænd lər/
a person or thing that handles.
Boxing. a person who assists in the training of a fighter or is the fighter's second during a fight.
a person who exhibits a dog in a bench show or field trial.
Origin of handler
1350-1400; Middle English. See handle, -er1 Unabridged
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Examples from the web for handler
  • The same thing applies to the duct-work as stated for the air handler.
  • The beagle would sit next to a suspicious-smelling bag, wag his tail, look excited and then look to his handler for praise.
  • Not everyone who handles food needs a food handler's certificate.
  • When the dog cannot make a positive decision, he will look to the handler for a cue.
  • Each handler was asked to try to have their dogs find a hidden sample.
  • He changed his handler, you know, to his sister-not a good idea.
  • Within seconds, he's back at the top of the field being fed by the handler.
  • As the dog was being sent into the building he attacked the unidentified officer and did not heed his handler's command to let go.
  • The handler then moves one door clockwise or counterclockwise, and a new round starts.
  • Those items can prove too tempting for an airline baggage handler.
British Dictionary definitions for handler


a person, esp a police officer, in charge of a specially trained dog
a person who handles some specified thing: a baggage handler
a person who holds or incites a dog, gamecock, etc, esp in a race or contest
the trainer or second of a boxer


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Word Origin and History for handler

late 14c., "one who handles" anything, agent noun from handle (v.). Specific sense of "one engaged in trade" is from 1690s; that of "prizefighter's assistant" (1916) was earlier used in reference to dogfights and cockfights (1825).

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Slang definitions & phrases for handler



A person who seconds, supports, advises, etc, a principal: Bush and his political handlers believe, as Reagan did, that the way to the people's heart is paved with unshucked corn

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[1950+ Prizefighting; the term was used of those who handled gamecocks, dogs, etc, by 1825]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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