[hand-ler] /ˈhænd lər/
a person or thing that .
Boxing. a person who assists in the training of a fighter or is the fighter’s second during a fight.
a person who exhibits a dog in a bench show or field trial.
a person, esp a police officer, in charge of a specially trained dog
a person who handles some specified thing: a baggage handler
a person who holds or incites a dog, gamecock, etc, esp in a race or contest
the trainer or second of a boxer
Daniel. born 1970, US writer for older children, best known for the macabre humour of his A Series of Unfortunate Events, a sequence of books written in the persona of Lemony Snicket
late 14c., “one who handles” anything, agent noun from handle (v.). Specific sense of “one engaged in trade” is from 1690s; that of “prizefighter’s assistant” (1916) was earlier used in reference to dogfights and cockfights (1825).
A person who seconds, supports, advises, etc, a principal: Bush and his political handlers believe, as Reagan did, that the way to the people’s heart is paved with unshucked corn
[1950+ Prizefighting; the term was used of those who handled gamecocks, dogs, etc, by 1825]
[hand-let-er] /ˈhændˈlɛt ər/ verb (used with object) 1. to print by hand: She hand-lettered a “for sale” sign.
noun, Surveying. 1. a leveling instrument held in the hand and used for approximate work at short distances.
- Handle with gloves
Also, handle with kid gloves. Treat with great or very gently, as in She has a terrible temper, so try to handle her with kid gloves. This usage probably alludes to the antonym, handle without gloves, meaning “to treat harshly.” Gloves made of kidskin, the hide of a young goat, are soft and pliable, whence […]
noun 1. a surface-mounted hinge that when applied resembles H and L combined.