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verb [transitive] British English pronunciation: mishandle /mɪsˈhænd(ə)l/ 
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present tense
I/you/we/theymishandle
he/she/itmishandles
present participlemishandling
past tensemishandled
past participlemishandled
  1. to deal with a situation or process badly or without enough care

    A spokesman denied that the police investigation had been mishandled.

    1. a.
      to handle an object carelessly

      The goods had been mishandled during transit.

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