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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.
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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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This material was handled at a loss because it had to be shipped significant distances to be marketed.
As stated previously, many field situations that now result in SWAT callouts should be handled by patrol units.
The Sudbury airport handled 240,000 passengers from scheduled flights last year.
Since auger type feeding is still required (because of the handling characteristics of the ingredients being handled), the use of two speed drive control with two different diameter augers is the answer.
There are also concerns in the mulch market that CCA-treated wood be kept out of that stream, since mulch is handled by bare hands and used as playground cover.
Larger castings may be handled using hooks-on monorail conveyors which travel through a blast cabinet or may be loaded onto table-type blast units for batch cleaning.
Also to be considered are the size, shape and weight of the castings to be handled, the surface area and location to be cleaned and the production rate expected.
The annual directory, produced by the RecyclingToday Media Group, Cleveland, is extensively researched, and provides detailed information on companies, including address, phone and fax number, e-mail and Web site address, type of material handled, contact name, type of business, and rail siding used by the company.
handled 95,772 metric tons of export cargo and 121,739 metric tons of
handled 80,851 Metric Tons of export cargo and 150,877 Metric Tons of
Materials handled include a wide range of densities, shapes and types of plastic flash; film, foam and sheet trim; and rejects.
The breakup shows that the port has handled 36,760 metric tons of
Materials handled range from concentrate to flake regrind and powders.
This accuracy is also maintained on moderate volumes, or on large volumes, which can be easily handled with selection of a larger pumping head.