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.

1490–1500; mis-1 + handle

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mishandle (ˌmɪsˈhændəl)
(tr) to handle or treat badly or inefficiently

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Example sentences
Describes a treatment program for couples who mishandle anger or are physically
Ill-trained employees would mishandle or break the expensive machines.
At the other end of the spectrum are blockhead reviewers who befuddle authors
  and mishandle manuscripts.
The defendants admit that these envelopes are properly labeled legal mail but
  allege that they did not mishandle these envelopes.
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