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The question, he said, was one for a responsible Ministry alone to handle.

This tassel is for catching the blood and preventing it from greasing the handle.

Cool enough to handle and then remove the skin and the roots.

They are "safe, because they are too filthy to handle, and too noisome even to approach."

Something was wrong; it would not turn; she drew it out and tried the handle.

In this machine, the barrel was fitted with a crank, and rotated by handle.

Upon which door the turnkey knocked with the handle of his key.

The man turned the handle of the Break of Day door, and limped in.

Slowly and sadly she crossed the room and turned the handle of the door.

It had died down and left him competent as ever to handle the scene.

WORD ORIGIN

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.

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