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Definition of manhandle verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they manhandle
    he / she / it manhandles
    past simple manhandled
    -ing form manhandling
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  1. 1manhandle somebody to push, pull, or handle someone roughly Bystanders claim they were manhandled by security guards. They were manhandled into a waiting truck.
  2. 2manhandle something + adv./prep. to move or lift a heavy object using a lot of effort synonym haul They were trying to manhandle an old sofa across the road.
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