- stingy; miserly; closefisted.
- tough-minded; ruthless: hard-fisted revolutionists.
- having hard or strong hands, as a laborer.
Origin of hard-fisted
First recorded in 1650–60
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Examples from the Web for hard-fisted
Am I to continue picking up the guineas of these hard-fisted rustics?The Lady of Lynn
Needless to say, it was a popular position with the hard-fisted skippers.Brothers of Peril
Theodore Goodridge Roberts
He was, at most times, a hard-fisted one, and no mistake about it.The History of the Catnach Press
How could he for a moment stay in face of these direct and hard-fisted attacks?Villa Elsa
It is the incarnation of a hard-hearted, hard-fisted, hard-voiced miser.Speeches of Charles Dickens