mishandle

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From mis- +‎ handle.

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mishandle (third-person singular simple present mishandles, present participle mishandling, simple past and past participle mishandled)

  1. (transitive) To handle badly, causing physical injury.
    If you mishandle a fragile package, the contents may break.
  2. (transitive) To handle incorrectly; to make a mistake in handling a thing or situation.
    The Prime Minister was accused of mishandling the diplomatic crisis.

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle Low German mishandelen

Verb[edit]

mishandle (imperative mishandl or mishandle, present tense mishandler, simple past and past participle mishandla or mishandlet)

  1. to maltreat or mistreat

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