Over-handle



[han-dl] /ˈhæn dl/

noun
1.
a part of a thing made specifically to be grasped or held by the hand.
2.
that which may be held, seized, grasped, or taken advantage of in effecting a purpose:
The clue was a handle for solving the mystery.
3.
Slang.

4.
the total amount wagered on an event, series of events, or for an entire season or seasons, as at a gambling casino or in horse racing:
The track handle for the day was over a million dollars.
5.
the total amount of money taken in by a business concern on one transaction, sale, event, or series of transactions, or during a specific period, especially by a theater, nightclub, sports arena, resort hotel, or the like.
6.
(def 27).
7.
Informal. a way of getting ahead or gaining an advantage:
The manufacturer regards the new appliance as its handle on the Christmas market.
verb (used with object), handled, handling.
8.
to touch, pick up, carry, or feel with the hand or hands; use the hands on; take hold of.
9.
to manage, deal with, or be responsible for:
My wife handles the household accounts. This computer handles all our billing.
10.
to use or employ, especially in a particular manner; manipulate:
to handle color expertly in painting.
11.
to manage, direct, train, or control:
to handle troops.
12.
to deal with (a subject, theme, argument, etc.):
The poem handled the problem of instinct versus intellect.
13.
to deal with or treat in a particular way:
to handle a person with tact.
14.
to deal or trade in:
to handle dry goods.
verb (used without object), handled, handling.
15.
to behave or perform in a particular way when handled, directed, managed, etc.:
The troops handled well. The jet was handling poorly.
Idioms
16.
fly off the handle, Informal. to become very agitated or angry, especially without warning or adequate reason:
I can’t imagine why he flew off the handle like that.
17.
get / have a handle on, to acquire an understanding or knowledge of:
Can you get a handle on what your new boss expects?
/ˈhændəl/
noun
1.
the part of a utensil, drawer, etc, designed to be held in order to move, use, or pick up the object
2.
(NZ) a glass beer mug with a handle
3.
(slang) a person’s name or title
4.
a CB radio slang name for call sign
5.
an opportunity, reason, or excuse for doing something: his background served as a handle for their mockery
6.
the quality, as of textiles, perceived by touching or feeling
7.
the total amount of a bet on a horse race or similar event
8.
(informal) fly off the handle, to become suddenly extremely angry
verb (mainly transitive)
9.
to pick up and hold, move, or touch with the hands
10.
to operate or employ using the hands: the boy handled the reins well
11.
to have power or control over: my wife handles my investments
12.
to manage successfully: a secretary must be able to handle clients
13.
to discuss (a theme, subject, etc)
14.
to deal with or treat in a specified way: I was handled with great tact
15.
to trade or deal in (specified merchandise)
16.
(intransitive) to react or respond in a specified way to operation or control: the car handles well on bends
n.

Old English handle, formed from hand (n.) with instrumental suffix -le indicating a tool in the way thimble was formed from thumb. The slang sense of “nickname” is first recorded 1870, originally U.S., from earlier expressions about adding a handle to (one’s) name, i.e. a title such as Mister or Sir, attested from 1833. To fly off the handle (1833) is a figurative reference to an ax head (to be off the handle “be excited” is recorded from 1825, American English). To get a handle on “get control of” is first recorded 1972.
v.

Old English handlian “to touch or move with the hands,” also “deal with, discuss;” see handle (n.). Akin to Old Norse höndla “to seize, capture,” Danish handle “to trade, deal,” German handeln “to bargain, trade.” Related: Handled; handling. Meaning “to act towards (someone) in a certain manner” (usually with hostility or roughness) is from c.1200. The commercial sense was weaker in English than in some other Germanic languages, but it emerged in American English (1888) from the notion of something passing through one’s hands, and cf. handler.

noun

verb

To cope with; manage; hack: He can handle Tom’s temper tantrums very well/ My wife left me and I don’t know how to handle it (1970s+)

Related Terms

fly off the handle, get a handle on something, panhandle

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