Definition of Heavy-handed

1. Adjective. Lacking physical movement skills, especially with the hands. "Could scarcely empty a scuttle of ashes, so handless was the poor creature"


2. Adjective. Unjustly domineering. "A manager who rode roughshod over all opposition"
Exact synonyms: Roughshod
Similar to: Domineering

Definition of Heavy-handed

1. Adjective. Clumsy, awkward; hence, excessive. ¹

2. Adjective. Extreme; unnecessarily forceful. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Lexicographical Neighbors of Heavy-handed

heaviness
heavinesses
heaving
heaving line bend
heaving line bends
heavings
heavisome
heavy
heavy(a)
heavy(p)
heavy-armed
heavy-coated
heavy-duty
heavy-duty vehicle
heavy-footed
heavy-handed (current term)
heavy-handedly
heavy-handedness
heavy-hearted
heavy-laden
heavy-lifting
heavy-set
heavy-tailed
heavy chain
heavy chain disease
heavy cream
heavy drinker
heavy drinkers
heavy drinking
heavy goods vehicle

Literary usage of Heavy-handed

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Oil Supply Security: The Emergency Response Potential of IEA Countries in 2000 by International Energy Agency (2001)
"Should the IEP remain fully implemented for a longer period than three months, then heavy-handed demand restraint measures could be introduced, ..."

2. OECD Economic Surveys by OECD Staff (2004)
"Investors will be reluctant to enter the market if they believe the authorities will intervene in heavy handed fashion to hold down prices. ..."

3. Dialect Notes by American Dialect Society (1896)
"... as the following (taken from various numbers of the DIALECT NOTES) : — heavy-handed: said of a cook : "she's heavy-handed with salt," — uses much salt. ..."

4. My Experiences of the War Between France and Germany by Archibald Forbes (1871)
"... he lets his hand drop on his thigh with an audible thud, for he is very heavy-handed in every sense, this stalwart man with the massive hair-clad jaw, ..."

5. Anthology of Magazine Verse for 1913-29 and Yearbook of American Poetry by William Stanley Braithwaite (1913)
"O heavy-handed Wind, who goes Hurting the petals of the rose; Who leaves the grasses on the hill Broken and pallid, spent and still! O heavy-handed Wind, ..."

6. Progress of Art in the Century by William Sharp, Elizabeth Amelia Sharp (1906)
"Courbet, a powerful but heavy-handed, overbearing master was eminently suited to appeal to the Belgians, having in himself and his genius so much of the ..."

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