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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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  • He became in a measure dictatorial and high-handed in his dealings with the doctor, and altogether patronizing.

    Claim Number One George W. (George Washington) Ogden
  • She had thought only of herself in dismissing him in that high-handed manner.

  • In a land where laws existed this act would be regarded as a high-handed, monumental and dishonorable theft.

    My Attainment of the Pole Frederick A. Cook
  • It was high-handed rascality, but I cannot connect it with Woodford.

    Dwellers in the Hills Melville Davisson Post
  • This high-handed mode of dealing with the Church is in marked contrast to the monarch's complaisance when dealing with the people.

  • But of course we cannot all expect to deal with life on this high-handed scale.

    Joyous Gard Arthur Christopher Benson
  • The latter expected some apology or explanation in relation to the high-handed outrages which had been perpetrated.

British Dictionary definitions for high-handed


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