Definition of manhandle in English:


Syllabification: man·han·dle
Pronunciation: /ˈmanˌhandl


[with object]
  • 1Move (a heavy object) by hand with great effort: seven guys had to manhandle the piano down the stairs
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    • Signalmen, more used to manhandling the heavy levers of Victorian signal boxes, have begun controlling one of the area's busiest junctions with the click of a mouse.
    • On such occasions his friends and colleagues would come to his rescue, up to six of them manhandling his heavy wheelchair.
    • This was no easy task since the heavy howitzers were not ‘fast movers,’ having to be manhandled with great effort every time a displacement was ordered.
    heave, haul, push, shove; pull, tug, drag, lug, carry, lift, maneuver
    informal hump
  • 1.1 informal Handle (someone) roughly by dragging or pushing: a drunk had manhandled one of the deputies
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    • We were roughly manhandled and told to stand facing the wall with our hands behind our heads.
    • The family, nonetheless, laid a charge of assault against the security officer, alleging that he grabbed Williamson and manhandled him.
    • He regarded me with infuriating calm, grabbed my wrists, and manhandled me into the car.
    push, shove, jostle, hustle; maltreat, ill-treat, mistreat, maul, molest
    informal paw, rough up, roust

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