Manhandle Man*han"dle, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {-handled}; p. pr. & vb. n. {-handling}.] 1. To move, or manage, by human force without mechanical aid; as, to manhandle a cannon. [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

2. To handle roughly; as, the captive was manhandled. [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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