Lost the handle

Posted by David FG on January 23, 2005

In Reply to: Lost the handle posted by Ward on January 22, 2005

: : 'lost the handle'- used often by basketball sportscasters when a player loses control of the ball while dribbling or passing.

: : SR

: the metaphor of a handle is pervasive. How many times have you searched to find the handle to solve a problem? "I'm trying to get a handle on this issue"
: In the western US, people have an additional handle -- their name. 'My handle is Truckee Bob'.

Didn't know about the western US but that usage is (or used to be) common in the UK, where it also means a title.