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[mis-han-dl] /mɪsˈhæn dl/
verb (used with object), mishandled, mishandling.
to handle badly; maltreat:
to mishandle a dog.
to manage badly:
to mishandle an estate.
to lose or misplace:
to mishandle baggage.
Origin of mishandle
1490-1500; mis-1 + handle Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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British Dictionary definitions for mishandle


(transitive) to handle or treat badly or inefficiently
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for mishandle

c.1500, from mis- (1) + handle (v.). Related: Mishandled; mishandling.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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