Definition of Mishandle

1. Verb. Make a mess of, destroy or ruin. "The pianist screwed up the difficult passage in the second movement"




2. Verb. Manage badly or incompetently. "The funds were mismanaged"
Exact synonyms: Misconduct, Mismanage
Generic synonyms: Care, Deal, Handle, Manage
Derivative terms: Misconduct, Mismanagement

Definition of Mishandle

1. v. t. To handle ill or wrongly; to maltreat.

Definition of Mishandle

1. Verb. To handle badly, causing physical injury. ¹

2. Verb. To handle incorrectly, to make a mistake in handling a thing or situation. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Mishandle

1. [v -DLED, -DLING, -DLES]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Mishandle

misguesses
misguessing
misguidance
misguidances
misguide
misguided
misguidedly
misguidedness
misguidednesses
misguider
misguiders
misguides
misguiding
misguidingly
mish
mishandle (current term)
mishandled
mishandler
mishandlers
mishandles
mishandling
mishandlings
mishanter
mishanters
mishap
mishapped
mishappen
mishappy
mishaps
mishapt

Literary usage of Mishandle

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1. The Odyssey by Homer (1905)
"Then let your heart endure within your breast When in my house they shall mishandle me: " Yea, even if along the palace-floor They drag me by the feet, ..."

2. The Works of A. Conan Doyle by Arthur Conan Doyle (1902)
"But I have ever observed that the foremost in the field are they who would scorn to mishandle a prisoner. By St. Paul! it is not they who carry the breach ..."

3. The Odyssey of Homer by Homer, William Morris (1887)
"... Most like to a beggar, wretched and aged by many a year; But if me in the house they mishandle, yet in thine heart forbear, And refrain the soul within ..."

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