- 1the part of a door, drawer, window, etc. that you use to open it She turned the handle and opened the door. of cup/bag/tool
- 2 the part of an object, such as a cup, a bag, or a tool that you use to hold it, or carry it the handle of a knife a broom handle The handle's broken off this jug. see also love handles -handled
- 3(in adjectives) having the number or type of handle mentioned a long-handled spoon Idioms
of door/drawer/windownounjump to other results
to suddenly become very angry He seems to fly off the handle at the slightest thing these days.
fly off the handle (informal)jump to other results
to understand or know about someone or something, especially so that you can deal with it or them later I can't get a handle on these sales figures.
get/have a handle on somebody/something (informal)jump to other results
to give someone enough facts or knowledge for them to be able to deal with something Visiting the country should give us a better handle on understanding the problems.
give somebody a handle (on something) (informal)jump to other results