Mishandle
Mishandle Mis*han"dle, v. t. To handle ill or wrongly; to maltreat. [1913 Webster]

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  • mishandle — I (maltreat) verb abuse, assail, assault, batter, defile, handle badly, ill treat, ill use, impose upon, injure, manhandle, maul, misemploy, misuse, molest, overburden, persecute, ravish, rough, treat abusively, treat ill, treat improperly,… …   Law dictionary

  • mishandle — (v.) c.1500, from MIS (Cf. mis ) (1) + HANDLE (Cf. handle) (v.). Related: Mishandled; mishandling …   Etymology dictionary

  • mishandle — / mismanage [v] mess up abuse, be incompetent, be inefficient, blow, blunder, botch*, bungle, confound, err, flub*, foul up, fumble, goof*, goof up*, gum up*, harm, make a hash of*, make a mess of*, maladminister, misapply, misconduct, misdirect …   New thesaurus

  • mishandle — ► VERB ▪ handle unwisely or wrongly …   English terms dictionary

  • mishandle — [mis han′dəl] vt. mishandled, mishandling to handle badly or roughly; abuse, maltreat, or mismanage …   English World dictionary

  • mishandle — /mis han dl/, v.t., 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. [1490 1500; MIS 1 + HANDLE] * * * …   Universalium

  • mishandle — UK [mɪsˈhænd(ə)l] / US verb [transitive] Word forms mishandle : present tense I/you/we/they mishandle he/she/it mishandles present participle mishandling past tense mishandled past participle mishandled a) to deal with a situation or process… …   English dictionary

  • mishandle — mis•han•dle [[t]mɪsˈhæn dl[/t]] v. t. dled, dling 1) to handle roughly; maltreat 2) to manage badly: to mishandle an estate[/ex] • Etymology: 1375–1425 …   From formal English to slang

  • mishandle — transitive verb Date: 1530 1. to treat roughly ; maltreat 2. to deal with or manage wrongly or ignorantly …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • mishandle — verb a) To handle badly, causing physical injury. b) To handle incorrectly, to make a mistake in handling a thing or situation. Syn: maltreat, mismanage …   Wiktionary

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