• WordNet 3.6
    • v mishandle manage badly or incompetently "The funds were mismanaged"
    • v mishandle make a mess of, destroy or ruin "I botched the dinner and we had to eat out","the pianist screwed up the difficult passage in the second movement"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • v. t Mishandle To handle ill or wrongly; to maltreat.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • mishandle To maltreat.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Mishandle mis-han′dl to maltreat.
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In literature:

I know I've been drugged and mishandled.
"Moran of the Lady Letty" by Frank Norris
Why should ye mishandle yourselves thus?
"The White Company" by Arthur Conan Doyle
Was ever a decent dog so mishandled before?
"The Ruling Passion" by Henry van Dyke
Gudrun told him about the shameful mishandling, and asked him how she should repay it.
"Laxdæla Saga" by Anonymous
But this thing's been mishandled!
"This World Is Taboo" by Murray Leinster
The attack by a part of the Lowland Division seems to have been mishandled.
"Gallipoli Diary, Volume I" by Ian Hamilton
So when poor Poetry is mishandled, even now I feel as unhappy as I did about the thief.
"My Reminiscences" by Rabindranath Tagore
Miss ELLEN O'MALLEY never mishandles a part.
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 150, January 12, 1916" by Various
The psychic must not be mishandled.
"The Tyranny of the Dark" by Hamlin Garland
There are a dozen different ways of mishandling a vessel under sail.
"All Afloat" by William Wood

In poetry:

Noontide repayeth never morning-bliss—
Sith noon to morn is incomparable;
And, so it be our dawning goth amiss,
None other after—hour serveth well.
Ah! Jesu-Moder, pitie my oe paine—
Dayspring mishandled cometh not againe!
"Gertrude's Prayer" by Rudyard Kipling
There was no worth in the fashion — there was no wit in the plan —
Hither and thither, aimless, the ruined footings ran —
Masonry, brute, mishandled, but carven on every stone:
"After me cometh a Builder. Tell him, I too have known."
"The Palace" by Rudyard Kipling

In news:

An analyst that worked for a state drug lab in Massachusetts has confessed to mishandling evidence in tens of thousands of drug cases.
A Findlay councilman, angry about grant mishandling, wants the Hancock Regional Planning Commission investigated.
A Findlay councilman , angry about grant mishandling, wants the Hancock Regional Planning Commission investigated.
A misleading Ohio attack ad is the latest example of GOP candidate Mitt Romney's mishandling of the truth, Reich writes.
As a result of a 2003 lawsuit brought against the department on behalf of diabetics who'd been mishandled, the department collaborated with the American Diabetes Association to develop a diabetes -training program for personnel.
911 operator disciplined for mishandling emergency call.
In the figurative, basketball sense, they're about as ugly as it gets when mishandled.
Mayor Thomas M Menino sought this week $15 million from the Patrick administration to help manage the potential release of hundred of inmates as a result of an estimated 34,000 mishandled drug cases by state lab chemist Annie Dookhan.
The ongoing Freeh investigation at Penn State has moved beyond the university's handling -- or mishandling -- of the Jerry Sandusky scandal.
Dunkirk mishandled federal HUD grant funding.
No indication agency mishandled cases.
Pima County Recorder F Ann Rodriguez is pushing back against criticism that her office mishandled its election duties.
Suit says Pennsylvania district mishandled student's allergies.
Leighton Meester, 25, known for her role as Blair Waldorf on the CW's 'Gossip Girl,' has sued her mom for mishandling money.
The rate of mishandled luggage in December was as much as 35% higher than the annual averages for 2008 through 2010, a study finds.

In science:

The plane on the right was mishandled by an outside wire-bonding contractor; it displayed excessive noise.
A Search for Gamma-Ray Bursts and Pulsars, and the Application of Kalman Filters to Gamma-Ray Reconstruction
Second, since problems with interpreting cutoff dependence arise most strikingly for loops involving massive spin-one particles, TGV-induced loops are very easy to mishandle .
Uses and Abuses of Effective Lagrangians