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Handle, vb. 1) to feel with the hand, to touch: “a wild bird being tamed with too much --ing,” Ven. 560. “if you --d her,” Meas. V, 276 (quibbling). As III, 2, 54. H4B IV, 1, 161 (--ing trisyll.). H5 V, 2, 337. Troil. I, 1, 55 (quibbling). Cor. III, 2, 80.
2) to manage, to wield: H5 V, 1, 81. H6A I, 3, 78. III, 4, 19. H6B V, 1, 7. Tit. II, 1, 42. Lr. IV, 6, 87.
3) to treat, to use: “you shall see how I'll h. her,” Meas. V, 273. “I know how to h. you,” H4B II, 4, 339. “how wert thou --d?” H6A I, 4, 24.
4) to treat or speak of, to discourse on: “points more than all the lawyers in Bohemia can learnedly h.” Wint. IV, 4, 207. “a did in some sort h. women,” H5 II, 3, 39 (quibbling). “left nothing untouched or slightly --d,” R3 III, 7, 19. “h. not the theme,” Tit. III, 2, 29.
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