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hard-handed

or hardhanded

[hahrd-han-did] /ˈhɑrdˈhæn dɪd/
adjective
1.
oppressive or tyrannical; stern or cruel.
2.
having hands hardened by toil.
Origin of hard-handed
1580-1590
1580-90
Related forms
hard-handedness, hardhandedness, noun
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  • They stood, with not many exceptions--rough-clad, hard-headed, hard-handed men of the nation's vanguard.

    The Covered Wagon Emerson Hough
  • He was a misshapen, pain-racked man, hard-handed and close-mouthed.

    Dominie Dean Ellis Parker Butler
  • One of my neighbors, a thorough American, is much concerned about the growth of what he calls the "hard-handed aristocracy."

    Over the Teacups Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
  • They are all "hard-handed" jobs, and some of them done in high heat.

    Steel Charles Rumford Walker
  • Mrs. McGillicuddy, soft-hearted as she was hard-handed, looked at Mrs. Fortescue.

    Betty at Fort Blizzard Molly Elliot Seawell
  • Our war has been a marshalling of its armies, commanded by a hard-handed, inspired man of the working-class.

    The Chimney-Corner Christopher Crowfield
  • The largest soul of all the British lands came among us in the shape of a hard-handed Scottish Peasant.

  • Little tyrant that he was, hard-handed and exacting, they knew him for a soldier and a man.

  • And as he left the car at Bradford, two grizzled and hard-handed individuals arose and wished him good luck.

    Mr. Crewe's Career, Complete Winston Churchill
  • A couple of hard-handed caissoniers, settling down to some serious drinking.

    The Sensitive Man Poul William Anderson

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