One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘he was accused of mishandling the allocation of land for development’
botch, bungle, fluff, fumble, make a mess of
mismanage, misdirect, misgovern, misconduct, mar, spoil, ruin, mangle, wreck
informal make a hash of, muff, mess up, muck up, foul up, screw up, bitch up
British informal make a muck of, make a pig's ear of, make a Horlicks of, cock up
vulgar slang balls up, fuck up
2‘he mishandled people and pushed them about’
bully, persecute, treat badly, ill-treat, mistreat, maltreat, abuse, ill-use, misuse, knock about, knock around, hit, beat, strike, manhandle, maul, molest, injure, harm, hurt
informal beat up, rough up, do over
3‘the equipment could be dangerous if mishandled’
misuse, abuse, use inexpertly, misapply, handle roughly, treat roughly
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