AskDefine | Define mishandle

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1 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" [syn: botch, bumble, fumble, botch up, muff, blow, flub, screw up, ball up, spoil, muck up, bungle, fluff, bollix, bollix up, bollocks, bollocks up, bobble, louse up, foul up, mess up, fuck up]
2 manage badly or incompetently; "The funds were mismanaged" [syn: mismanage, misconduct]

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  1. To handle badly or incorrectly, to make a mistake in handling a thing or situation.

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