One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
verb[no object]Ice Hockey
1Control the puck with one's stick.‘he could skate, stick-handle, and score with the best players of the period’‘players had to advance the puck by stick-handling’
- ‘Some of the things he does while stick-handling and passing just make people look silly.’
- ‘He makes good decisions with the puck, whether he's shooting, passing or stick-handling.’
- ‘Their skating and stick-handling was terrific.’
- ‘This kid, watching him play and how he stick-handles, is pretty amazing.’
- ‘Naturally gifted as far as stick-handling and maneuvering, he is a young guy that will continue to get better.’
- 1.1North American with object Exert control over or carefully manipulate (a project or issue)‘her effort to stick-handle health care reform’
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