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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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