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ham-handed

[ham-han-did] /ˈhæmˈhæn dɪd/
adjective
1.
clumsy, inept, or heavy-handed:
a ham-handed approach to dealing with people that hurts a lot of feelings.
Also, especially British, ham-fisted
[ham-fis-tid] /ˈhæmˈfɪs tɪd/ (Show IPA)
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Origin
1915-1920
1915-20
Related forms
hamhandedness; especially British, hamfistedness, noun
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ham-handedness

noun

Crudeness; clumsiness; lack of polish: In selecting the rottenest apples, one seeks the pretension and the exploitation rather than mere ham-handedness (1928+)


ham-handed

adjective

Crude and clumsy; lacking in finesse: his hamfisted approach to a delicate matter ( first form 1918+, second 1928+)


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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