Definition of mishandle in English:

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Pronunciation: /mɪsˈhand(ə)l/


[with object]
1Manage or deal with (something) wrongly or ineffectively: the officer had mishandled the situation
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  • Meanwhile, legislators also criticised the Administration Wing for mishandling the situation.
  • They feel the executive is mishandling a situation that has the potential to damage their electoral chances.
  • During the convention, Democrats will be running a TV ad in 21 states charging the president has mishandled the economy.
2Manipulate roughly or carelessly: the equipment could be dangerous if mishandled
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  • And there's always the danger that electronic evidence will be overlooked or mishandled, reducing its usefulness in a court case.
  • Despite their sometimes colorful labels, many garden chemicals are highly dangerous if mishandled and have no place in a garden with young children.
  • The defense argued that police mishandled blood drops from the crime scene, making the results of DNA testing unreliable.
misuse, abuse, use inexpertly, misapply, handle/treat roughly

Words that rhyme with mishandle

candle, Coromandel, dandle, Handel, handle, Randall, sandal, scandal, vandal
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