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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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  • Until you had cleared yourself of mishandling Major Buckstones dispatch, the other reminded him.

  • He did not look around when the man who had been mishandling the animal said defiantly, "I quit!"

    The Lost Wagon James Arthur Kjelgaard
  • There are a dozen different ways of mishandling a vessel under sail.

    All Afloat William Wood
  • Have you seen the kick and tug at the straps of the mettled pony in stables that betrays the mishandling of him by his groom?

  • I only hope he hasnt written any more black pages on the log by mishandling Laura.

    Cursed George Allan England
British Dictionary definitions for mishandling


(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 mishandling



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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