- 1Feel or manipulate with the hands: heavy paving slabs can be difficult to handle people who handle foodMore example sentences
hold, pick up, grasp, grip, lift; feel, touch, finger• informal paw
- The body itself can be handled and manipulated as though lacking in the capacity for self-propulsion.
- It's foods that have been handled by the modern food technologists.
- While the meal does not have to be eaten in its entirety, the food itself should be handled and treated with respect, since it represents the finest that the hosts can provide.
- 1.1Drive or control (a vehicle): where did you learn to handle a boat?More example sentences
- Last month he was jailed for six months for handling the car, driving a high performance vehicle without the proper licence, and having no insurance.
- The engine hummed to itself sweetly as she slid the unmarked patrol car into the flow of traffic, handling the vehicle with her usual style.
- From there you've got to learn to handle your ship and get to grips with the most difficult part - docking with the space station.
- 1.2 [no object] (Of a vehicle) respond in a specified manner when being driven or controlled: a roadworthy bicycle that also handles well off the pavementMore example sentences
- And as for oversteer, the car handles like a dream - when the rear steps out it takes just a dab of steering or throttle to keep it there or rein it back in.
- These efforts would seem to have been rewarded, as the vehicles handle in the manner you would expect from their respective appearances.
- Most vehicles handle nearly identical with slight variations in acceleration and top speed.
- 2Manage (a situation or problem): a lawyer’s ability to handle a case properlyMore example sentences
- Both local and international human rights groups have criticized the handling of his trials as unfair, with Amnesty International labeling Anwar a political prisoner.
- You will find that, on most ships, the staff is well accustomed to handling crowds and is skilled at moving passengers with dispatch and courtesy.
- Some critics of the president's handling of Iraq are expressing deep concern the mission there is turning into a situation similar to what happened during the Vietnam War.
- 2.1 • informal Deal with (someone or something): I don’t think I could handle it if they turned me downMore example sentences
- You have to deal with it, handle it, cope with it.
- My mother is not the sort of person who handles interpersonal interactions well, she finds them stressful and tends to burn her bridges too easily when she gets fed up with people.
- Through a divorce and the death of my father I wasn't able to handle things like I did before.
- 2.2Control or manage commercially: the advertising company that is handling the accountMore example sentences
- You wouldn't think twice about hiring an accountant to handle the books.
- I hired a local furniture guy who handles all of the hiring and personnel issues in Baghdad, where I have about 15 local employees.
- McGonigle, who has moved from DDFH & B, where he handled the Baileys account, is to oversee a recruitment drive at the company.
- 2.3 [with adverbial] (handle oneself) Conduct oneself in a specified manner: he handled himself with considerable aplombMore example sentences
- But my concern and my criticism is leveled at my colleague and friend because of the way he's conducted himself, for handling himself subsequent to this young lady's disappearance.
- The ladies all handled themselves in a professional manner, as shown by the positive and informative worldwide media coverage our pageant received.
- The manner in which he handled himself at Old Trafford when things were not going well won him some hard-earned respect.
- 2.4 (handle oneself) • informal Defend oneself physically or verbally: I can handle myself in a fightMore example sentences
- ‘There is not one guy on that team physically incapable of handling himself with anyone in the league,’ Roenick told reporters after signing with the Flyers.
- When I first started I was afraid of getting hurt, but I learned I can handle myself in physically demanding situations.
- The teams the Reivers have met in Wales are physically very hard, and the way he has handled himself against those tough Welsh props has really impressed us all.
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- 1The part by which a thing is held, carried, or controlled: the pan features helpful lifting handlesMore example sentences
- After being told they would not be permitted into the event ‘with sticks’, several members ripped their signs off the handles and carried them in by hand.
- The order stipulates that this includes carrying a pickaxe handle.
- One of the robbers was carrying a pickaxe handle and the other a lumphammer.
- 1.1 (a handle on) A means of understanding, controlling, or approaching a person or situation: it’ll give people some kind of handle on these issues get a handle on your lifeMore example sentences
- So no new troops yet requested to be sent to Iraq, but the United States is going to hold on to some of the troops that are there until they get a handle on this situation.
- We are still trying to get a handle on the situation, Mr Kirrane said.
- I've been talking to a lot of senators and staffers after the Senate hearing, trying to get a handle on the political situation.
- 2 • informal A name or nickname: that’s some handle for a baby if you use Twitter, his handle is TheNextCornerMore example sentences
- You don't have to use your real name - handles are fine - nor do you have to supply an email address.
- Instead we use the DNS name as the stable handle.
- Everyone had handles, club names given and cherished in the rush of the moment.
- 3 [in singular] US • informal The total amount of money bet over a particular time (typically at a casino) or at a particular sporting event: the monthly handle of a couple of casinos in Las VegasMore example sentences
- Saratoga leads all North American tracks in average attendance, on-track wagering, and total handle.
- The total handle of $43,594,840 was up from last year's Travers weekend a year ago.
- The one game where the handle was disappointing was the game with Argentina.
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- Despite his easy handleability and calm nature however, he has never had a chance to compete in a show.
- The development of a method for measuring the handleability of cables, is described.
- So far the assessment has been made solely on the electrode handleability, and this is partly indicated by the weld finish, which is very variable.
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- The Pogo we saw - which is still a prototype, albeit it an advanced one - is bigger than the picture suggests and a bit bulkier but still very handleable.
- They are one of the most handleable lizards you can buy, and will become a great pet for the whole family.
- The inherent drag at that altitude is also low enough to be possibly handleable by an electrodynamic tether.
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- As we reached the shade of a black, goat-hair tent, a white robed tribesman with shaky hands poured coffee from a long-spouted pot into a tiny handleless cup.
- They contain hot fluids with incredible accuracy and the amazing ‘no drop’ handle makes them almost ten times more difficult to drop on your lap than conventional handleless coffee mugs.
- One fragment of what was probably a handleless cup is a thin, blue-glazed piece with a preserved remnant of additional enamel decoration over the glaze in the form of a bit of Chinese calligraphy.
Old English handle (noun), handlian (verb), from hand.