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Topic: DAILY LIFE

Language: Old English
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handle

2 noun
     
handle
handle2 S3 [countable]
1DT the part of a door that you use for opening it:
Then he turned the handle and went in.
handle
2DT the part of an object that you use for holding it:
a knife with a carved wooden handle
the handle of his cup
a broom handle
3

get a handle on something

to start to understand a situation, subject etc:
It's difficult to get a handle on how widespread this problem is.

➔ fly off the handle

at fly1 (16)
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