Definition of manhandle in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈmanhand(ə)l/


[with object]
1Move (a heavy object) by hand with great effort: men used to manhandle the piano down the stairs
More example sentences
  • 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, move, carry, lift, manoeuvre
informal hump, lug
1.1Handle (someone) roughly by dragging or pushing: we were spat on, sworn at, and manhandled
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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.
jostle, shove, hustle, handle roughly, push, pull;
maltreat, ill-treat, mistreat, abuse, maul, molest, injure, damage, beat, knock about/around, batter
informal paw, beat up, rough up
North American informal roust

Words that rhyme with manhandle


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