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English verb: mishandle

1. mishandle (social) make a mess of, destroy or ruin

SamplesI botched the dinner and we had to eat out.
The pianist screwed up the difficult passage in the second movement.

Synonymsball up, blow, bobble, bodge, bollix, bollix up, bollocks, bollocks up, botch, botch up, bumble, bungle, flub, fluff, foul up, fuck up, fumble, louse up, mess up, muck up, muff, screw up, spoil

Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)fail, go wrong, miscarry

2. mishandle (social) manage badly or incompetently

SamplesThe funds were mismanaged.

Synonymsmisconduct, mismanage

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)care, deal, handle, manage

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