1. A touching, feeling, or manipulating with the hands.
2. The process of packing and distributing merchandise: a charge for shipping and handling.
3. The way in which something is handled or taken care of: a situation that required delicate handling.
4. The way in which a presentation, especially an artistic or theatrical work, is treated.
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