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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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  • But when I think of the cruelties and high-handedness of others here, the Adelantado and the Viceroy shine mildly.

    1492 Mary Johnston
  • She was, truth to tell, secretly surprised and thrilled by her own high-handedness.

    V. V.'s Eyes Henry Sydnor Harrison
  • And yet it would be only just to make the father pay once for his high-handedness.

    The Pagan Madonna Harold MacGrath
  • But just here the high-handedness of Cook frustrated itself.

    Vikings of the Pacific Agnes C. Laut
  • Marian is delightful, with her waywardness and high-handedness; and Mrs. Owen likes originals, not feeble imitations.

    A Hoosier Chronicle Meredith Nicholson
  • Penalties of this high-handedness were not sanctioned by law.

  • With an indifference and high-handedness almost amusing, Mr. Saltus turned not only the tables but the chairs upon them.

    Edgar Saltus: The Man Marie Saltus
  • For all his striding autocracy and high-handedness there was something naïve and childish about him that clutched at her heart.

    Captivity M. Leonora Eyles
  • The Vicomte laughed in his kindly way at what he was pleased to term my high-handedness.

    Dross Henry Seton Merriman
British Dictionary definitions for high-handedness


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