Definition of manhandle in English:



  • 1 Move (a heavy object) by hand with great effort.

    ‘seven guys had to manhandle the piano down the stairs’
    • ‘Collected from buckets at street corners, transferred to barrels, then shipped north, often to landing places where there was no harbour or beach, it was manhandled ashore from pitching boats.’
    • ‘A bulky roll of red carpet is being manhandled through the narrow kitchen.’
    • ‘Anyway, a rendezvous at Paddington has been arranged for tomorrow morning when the present, having been manhandled on the train, will be exchanged.’
    • ‘With form filled in, you then have to manhandle your purchases onto a huge trolley, queue, pay for them, put them in your car, drive them home and assemble them yourself.’
    • ‘This year I had no bag, so I just manhandled the thing out the door.’
    • ‘They insisted the wooden piece was a work of art and should not have been manhandled by the long arm of the law.’
    • ‘Signalmen, more used to manhandling the heavy levers of Victorian signal boxes, have begun controlling one of the area's busiest junctions with the click of a mouse.’
    • ‘I recall having to manhandle a heavy garden statue of Hermes, cast in lead, which we had been asked to look after while the owners moved house.’
    • ‘He rambles and manhandles the equipment, testily blaming newfangled technology when he has difficulty with basic tasks such as placing a compact disc in a player.’
    • ‘This was no easy task since the heavy howitzers were not ‘fast movers,’ having to be manhandled with great effort every time a displacement was ordered.’
    • ‘On such occasions his friends and colleagues would come to his rescue, up to six of them manhandling his heavy wheelchair.’
    • ‘The coffin is manhandled back on the truck and heads off through the streets towards the cathedral graveyard, where, three hours later, the crowd has grown dense and patient.’
    • ‘Its ammunition is heavy and difficult to manhandle.’
    • ‘He and I manhandle his life-size plastic punching doll into the elevator.’
    • ‘Mr Coverdale said his accident happened as he was seen manhandling a metal sheet across the roof.’
    • ‘A couple of months ago, the art was manhandled and censored when it appeared on the streets as part of the Liverpool Biennale.’
    heave, haul, push, shove
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    1. 1.1informal Handle (someone) roughly by dragging or pushing.
      ‘a drunk had manhandled one of the deputies’
      • ‘She said: ‘I saw some officers come out of the station manhandling Gavin and my husband.’’
      • ‘The customers suspected of shoplifting were sometimes manhandled in a most indecent way.’
      • ‘He was manhandling a lady in her early twenties.’
      • ‘She refused and was manhandled as a consequence.’
      • ‘He regarded me with infuriating calm, grabbed my wrists, and manhandled me into the car.’
      • ‘The rapper then manhandles the fan before throwing him into the audience.’
      • ‘She was just going to say she was manhandled by a porter with a penchant for egg sandwiches and, if that didn't work, threaten to have their royal appointment removed.’
      • ‘He walked out and claims he then saw his 26-year-old girlfriend being manhandled.’
      • ‘These days, she's too big to be manhandled and too canny to be tricked.’
      • ‘She had hardly had a chance to finish her drink when she was manhandled by burly bouncers and unceremoniously dumped outside the door.’
      • ‘They manhandled him into the house and forced him to unlock the safe and give them money.’
      • ‘And I haven't heard any apology to the younger man who was also manhandled out of the hall simply for defending Mr Wolfgang.’
      • ‘Medics manhandled him back to the beach, to await rescue by sea.’
      • ‘We were roughly manhandled and told to stand facing the wall with our hands behind our heads.’
      • ‘The family, nonetheless, laid a charge of assault against the security officer, alleging that he grabbed Williamson and manhandled him.’
      • ‘For days she did not venture out for fear that she would be manhandled again.’
      • ‘A burglar who manhandled a terrified 91-year-old woman when she caught him in her neighbour's flat has had his jail term cut by appeal court judges.’
      • ‘The defendant started to protest and had been violently manhandled out of the premises.’
      • ‘The sight of my mother fighting as she was manhandled into a police car outside our flat is truly something that will never leave me.’
      • ‘He also denied charges of manhandling the accused and not informing the British High Commission at New Delhi regarding their arrest.’
      jostle, shove, hustle, handle roughly, push, pull
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