Manhandle



[man-han-dl, man-han-dl] /ˈmænˌhæn dl, mænˈhæn dl/

verb (used with object), manhandled, manhandling.
1.
to handle roughly.
2.
to move by human strength, without the use of mechanical appliances.
/ˈmænˌhændəl; ˌmænˈhændəl/
verb (transitive)
1.
to handle or push (someone) about roughly
2.
to move or do by manpower rather than by machinery
v.

mid-15c., “wield a tool,” also, late 15c., “to attack (an enemy),” from man (n.) + handle (v.). Nautical meaning “to move by force of men” (without levers or tackle) is attested from 1834, and is the source of the slang meaning “to handle roughly” (1865).

[T]he two Canalers rushed into the uproar, and sought to drag their man out of it toward the forecastle. Others of the sailors joined with them in this attempt, and a twisted turmoil ensued; while standing out of harm’s way, the valiant captain danced up and down with a whale-pike, calling upon his officers to manhandle that atrocious scoundrel, and smoke him along to the quarter-deck. [Melville, “The Town-Ho’s Story,” “Harper’s” magazine, October 1851]

verb

To treat roughly; beat; banjax, clobber: They manhandled him pretty thoroughly before they let him go (1865+)

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