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    Take things always by their smooth handle

    Hello,

    Could you help me to understand what does smooth handle in the phrase "Take things always by their smooth handle" mean?

    Does it mean "to look at a situation in a positive and least critical way"?

    Thanks for you attention and valuable time.

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    Re: Take things always by their smooth handle

    Where did you see/hear this expression? Have you any more context?

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    Re: Take things always by their smooth handle

    I heard it in "The Jefferson Hour show 635".

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    Re: Take things always by their smooth handle

    The expression is discussed at the Monticello web site*. Its meaning is evidently a matter of debate. The conclusion is "...without explicit elucidation from Jefferson himself, each reader is free to make an individual interpretation."

    *Monticello is the grand house on a hill built by both paid and enslaved workers for Thomas Jefferson.
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    Re: Take things always by their smooth handle

    I think it means "to deal with/handle a task the easy way", to avoid inconvenience/hassles, though it may not be the best way to do it.
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