heavy-handed

[hev-ee-han-did]
adjective
1.
oppressive; harsh: a heavy-handed master.
2.
clumsy; graceless: a heavy-handed treatment of the theme.

Origin:
1625–35

heavy-handedly, adverb
heavy-handedness, noun
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heavy-handed
 
adj
1.  clumsy
2.  harsh and oppressive
 
heavy-'handedly
 
adv
 
heavy-'handedness
 
n

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heavy-handed definition


  1. mod.
    tactless; forceful; unfair. : Paul is a little heavy-handed at times, but mostly he's reasonable.
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Example sentences
Nevertheless, many complain that he has been heavy-handed.
The controversy adds yet another twist to an investigation that has been
  described as heavy-handed and excessive.
Even more specifically, it is an allegory, though not a heavy-handed one.
Stories abound of boards or individual members who have engaged in heavy-handed
  attempts to dictate direction or priorities.
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