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heavy-handed

[hev-ee-han-did] /ˈhɛv iˈhæn dɪd/
adjective
1.
oppressive; harsh:
a heavy-handed master.
2.
clumsy; graceless:
a heavy-handed treatment of the theme.
Origin
1625-1635
1625-35
Related forms
heavy-handedly, adverb
heavy-handedness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for heavyhanded

heavy-handed

adjective
1.
clumsy
2.
harsh and oppressive
Derived Forms
heavy-handedly, adverb
heavy-handedness, noun
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Word Origin and History for heavyhanded

heavy-handed

adj.

also heavyhanded, 1630s, originally "weary" or "clumsy;" from heavy (adj.) + handed. Sense of "overbearing" is first recorded 1883.

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