- 1mishandle something to deal badly with a problem or situation synonym mismanage The entire campaign had been badly mishandled.
- 2mishandle somebody/something to touch or treat someone or something in a rough and careless way The equipment could be dangerous if mishandled.
NAmE//ˌmɪsˈhændl//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they mishandle
he / she / it mishandles
past simple mishandled
-ing form mishandling
mishandlingjump to other results
noun [uncountable] the government's mishandling of the economy