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[hahy-han-did] /ˈhaɪˈhæn dɪd/
condescending or presumptuous; overbearing; arbitrary:
He has a highhanded manner.
Origin of high-handed
Related forms
high-handedly, adverb
high-handedness, noun Unabridged
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  • We, all of us here on our side, are deeply appalled at your high-handed and domineering style.
  • They felt that it was high-handed and brutal, and that it fixed an indelible blot on the national conscience.
  • Otherwise, they end up sounding obtuse and high-handed.
  • But the government was increasingly seen as high-handed, ignoring common concerns and the rule of law.
  • And every year sees tens of thousands of protests, many over high-handed land grabs by local authorities.
  • Their high-handed, sometimes violent behaviour stokes rebellious feelings.
  • Nor is it bad news that a local government cannot get away with high-handed collective punishment of its power-guzzling citizens.
  • The board's high-handed ways have long dominated the company.
British Dictionary definitions for high-handed


tactlessly overbearing and inconsiderate
Derived Forms
high-handedly, adverb
high-handedness, noun
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