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mishandle

[mis-han-dl] /mɪsˈhæn dl/
verb (used with object), mishandled, mishandling.
1.
to handle badly; maltreat:
to mishandle a dog.
2.
to manage badly:
to mishandle an estate.
3.
to lose or misplace:
to mishandle baggage.
Origin of mishandle
1490-1500
1490-1500; mis-1 + handle
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  • A man hasn't many privileges in this country, but he might at least be allowed to mishandle his own rifle.

    Life's Handicap Rudyard Kipling
  • I hope they'll be all right careful of them pianos and not mishandle them so they'll get out of tune.

    Bucky O'Connor William MacLeod Raine
British Dictionary definitions for mishandle

mishandle

/ˌmɪsˈhændəl/
verb
1.
(transitive) to handle or treat badly or inefficiently
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Word Origin and History for mishandle
v.

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

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