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handle

noun [C] uk   /ˈhæn.dəl/ us  

handle noun [C] (PART)

B2 a part of an object designed for holding, moving, or carrying the object easily: a door handle the handle on a suitcase I can't pick the kettle up - the handle's too hot. She turned the handle and slowly opened the door.
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handle noun [C] (NAME)

informal a name of a person or place, especially a strange one: That's some handle to go through life with!

handle

verb uk   /ˈhæn.dəl/ us  

handle verb (DEAL WITH)

B1 [T] to deal with, have responsibility for, or be in charge of: I thought he handled the situation very well. Some people are brilliant with computers, but have no idea how to handle (= behave with) other people. If you can't handle the job I'll get someone else to do it. Who handles the marketing in your company?
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handle verb (TOUCH)

C2 [T] to pick something up and touch, hold, or move it with your hands: Always wash your hands before handling food. Please don't handle the vases - they're very fragile.

handle verb (OPERATE)

[T] to operate or control something that could be difficult or dangerous: Have you ever handled a gun before? [I usually + adv/prep] If a car handles well, it is easy and pleasant to drive.

handle verb (SELL)

[T] to buy and sell goods: We only handle cosmetics that have not been tested on animals. mainly UK He's been arrested for handling stolen goods.
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