handle

handle
han|dle1 [ `hændl ] verb ***
1. ) transitive to take action to deal with a difficult situation:
The government was criticized for the way it handled the crisis.
handle something well: Congratulations! You handled that really well.
badly/poorly handled: We felt that the dispute was badly handled.
a ) to be responsible for doing a particular job or piece of work:
Detective Dawkin will be handling this case.
Publicity is being handled by an outside agency.
b ) to be able to deal successfully with a large amount of work or information:
The newer computers can handle massive amounts of data.
The helpline handles 100 calls an hour.
c ) to deal with the people or goods that pass through an airport, port, or other center:
The depot handles over two million tons of freight a week.
d ) to deal successfully with a person who is likely to become angry or upset:
Flight attendants are trained to handle difficult passengers.
2. ) transitive to touch or hold something:
handle something with care: All chemicals must be handled with care.
handle someone roughly: Some prisoners complained that they'd been roughly handled.
3. ) transitive to buy and sell goods, especially illegally:
handle stolen goods: He denied burglary but admitted handling stolen goods.
4. ) transitive to control an animal or a vehicle using your hands:
She handled the pony very confidently.
a ) intransitive if a vehicle handles well or badly, it is easy or difficult to control
someone cannot handle something
someone is unable to deal with something:
I left because I couldn't handle the pressure.
handle
han|dle 2 [ `hændl ] noun count **
1. ) the part of a door or window that you use for opening it:
She turned the handle and pushed the door open.
a ) the part of an object that you hold in your hand when you use it:
knives with plastic handles
2. ) VERY INFORMAL someone's name
have/get a handle on something INFORMAL
to understand something well:
I soon began to get a handle on the new software.

Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.

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