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manhandle

[man-han-dl, man-han-dl] /ˈmænˌhæn dl, mænˈhæn dl/
verb (used with object), manhandled, manhandling.
1.
to handle roughly.
2.
to move by human strength, without the use of mechanical appliances.
Origin
1425-1475
1425-75; late Middle English. See man1, handle
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British Dictionary definitions for man handle

manhandle

/ˈmænˌhændəl; ˌmænˈhændəl/
verb (transitive)
1.
to handle or push (someone) about roughly
2.
to move or do by manpower rather than by machinery
Word Origin
C19: from man + handle; sense 1 perhaps also influenced by Devon dialect manangle to mangle
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Word Origin and History for man handle
manhandle
1457, "wield a tool," from man (n.) + handle (v.). Nautical meaning "to move by force of men" (without levers or tackle) is attested from 1867, but despite the late date it is probably the source of the slang meaning "to handle roughly" (1865).
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Slang definitions & phrases for man handle

manhandle

verb

To treat roughly; beat; banjax, clobber: They manhandled him pretty thoroughly before they let him go (1865+)


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