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Definition of mishandle verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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