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slang An accumulation of fat around one's midsection. A shortening of "love handles." I need to go back to the gym and start working out again if I want to lose these handles in time for the wedding.
See also: handle
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.


1. n. a person’s name or nickname. (Western jargon and then citizens band radio.) My handle is Goober. You can call me Goob.
2. n. a way of dealing with something; a grasp of a problem. As soon as I get a handle on this Wilson matter, I’ll give you a buzz.
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.

handle (oneself)

1. To conduct oneself in a specified manner: handled herself well in the interview.
2. To be able to defend oneself or fend for oneself: Don't worry about me. I can handle myself.
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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noon ( 12.30pm Bell & Bullock Circus Theatre, maritime mayhem; 12.30pm ( 1.15pm The Flower-heads, Latin-jazz and post-jazz dance floor grooves; 1.15pm ( 1.30pm, Johnny Handle; 1.30pm ( 2pm Nuru Kane, traditional West African song from this talented musician; 2pm ( 2.30pm.
FEATURES & FUNCTIONS: Engineered to handle non-magnetic materials with a high-capacity vacuum lift.
How will settlement of this case affect the people who handle hundreds of similar claims for the company?
* Handle the disc only by the outer edge to prevent fingerprints and smears on the surface.
Employees that handle the information must be trained to ensure that a constant state of private document handling is maintained.
It is in the company's best interest to handle hazardous materials safely, he says.
In manual material handling tasks, the handle serves as the interface between the human operator and the box (the materials).
If a green handle appears (see exhibit 10, page 83), you missed aligning the connector with the symbol's connection sites and you need to repeat the process.