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  1. han·dle
    IPA[ˈhandl]
  2. verb

    • 1. feel or manipulate with the hands:

      heavy paving slabs can be difficult to handle people who handle food
      Synonym : hold, pick up, grasp, grip, lift, feel, touch, finger, thumb, toy with, play with, paw
    • 2. manage (a situation or problem):

      a lawyer's ability to handle a case properly
      Synonym : administer, manage, control, conduct, direct, guide, supervise, oversee, be in charge of, take care of, look after
    • 3. control or manage commercially:

      the advertising company that is handling the account
      Synonym : administer, manage, control, conduct, direct, guide, supervise, oversee, be in charge of, take care of, look after
    • 4. deal with (someone or something):

      I don't think I could handle it if they turned me down
      Synonym : deal with, manage, cope with, tackle, take care of, take forward, take charge of, contend with, attend to, give one's attention to, see to, sort out, apply oneself to, take something in hand, control
    • 5. conduct oneself in a specified manner:

      he handled himself with considerable aplomb
    • 6. defend oneself physically or verbally:

      I can handle myself in a fight
    • 7. drive or control (a vehicle):

      where did you learn to handle a boat?
    • 8. (of a vehicle) respond in a specified manner when being driven or controlled:

      a roadworthy bicycle that also handles well off the pavement

    noun

    • 1. the part by which a thing is held, carried, or controlled:

      the pan features helpful lifting handles
    • 2. a means of understanding, controlling, or approaching (a person or situation):

      it'll give people some kind of handle on these issues get a handle on your life
    • 3. a name or nickname:

      that's some handle for a baby a former Washington DJ whose handle was ‘Fat Daddy’
    • 4. a person’s username on an online forum or social media site:

      she's changed her Twitter handle
    • 5. the total amount of money bet over a particular time (typically at a casino) or at a particular sporting event:

      the monthly handle of a couple of casinos in Las Vegas
    • 6. a large bottle in which liquor is sold, typically holding one half gallon:

      a handle of Jim Beam
  3. Variation

    • n.: noun: handle, plural noun: handles

    • v.: verb: handle, 3rd person present: handles, gerund or present participle: handling, past tense: handled, past participle: handled

    • verb

      feel or manipulate with the hands:

      (chiefly in soccer) touch (the ball) with the hand or lower arm in contravention of the rules:

    • noun

      the part by which a thing is held, carried, or controlled:

      a means of understanding, controlling, or approaching (a person or situation):

    • adjective

      having a handle or handles, especially of a specified type or number:
    • adjective

      having a handle or handles, especially of a specified type or number:
    • verb

      control the puck with one's stick:

      exert control over or carefully manipulate (a project or issue):

    • noun

      a small measure of beer:
    • noun

      a crank for starting the engine of a car.
    • noun

      a handle for people to hold on to for support:
    • noun

      (especially in a diesel or electric train) a lever that acts as a safety device by shutting off power when not held in place by the driver.
    • lose one's temper suddenly and unexpectedly
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