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or hardhanded

[hahrd-han-did] /ˈhɑrdˈhæn dɪd/
oppressive or tyrannical; stern or cruel.
having hands hardened by toil.
Origin of hard-handed
First recorded in 1580-90
Related forms
hard-handedness, hardhandedness, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • He was a misshapen, pain-racked man, hard-handed and close-mouthed.

    Dominie Dean Ellis Parker Butler
  • They are all "hard-handed" jobs, and some of them done in high heat.

    Steel Charles Rumford Walker
  • Mrs. McGillicuddy, soft-hearted as she was hard-handed, looked at Mrs. Fortescue.

    Betty at Fort Blizzard

    Molly Elliot Seawell
  • Our war has been a marshalling of its armies, commanded by a hard-handed, inspired man of the working-class.

    The Chimney-Corner Christopher Crowfield
  • Little tyrant that he was, hard-handed and exacting, they knew him for a soldier and a man.

  • And as he left the car at Bradford, two grizzled and hard-handed individuals arose and wished him good luck.

    Mr. Crewe's Career, Complete Winston Churchill
  • A couple of hard-handed caissoniers, settling down to some serious drinking.

    The Sensitive Man Poul William Anderson
  • But the shoulder was indignantly withdrawn and the hard-handed son of toil went to earth.

    Sketches New and Old, Complete Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
  • They stood, with not many exceptions--rough-clad, hard-headed, hard-handed men of the nation's vanguard.

    The Covered Wagon Emerson Hough
  • I AM not an old and experienced farmer, nor a tiller of the soil, nor one of the hard-handed sons of labor.

    The Ghosts Robert G. Ingersoll

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