- oppressive or tyrannical; stern or cruel.
- having hands hardened by toil.
Origin of hard-handed
First recorded in 1580–90
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Examples from the Web for hard-handed
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
Little tyrant that he was, hard-handed and exacting, they knew him for a soldier and a man.The Rustler of Wind River
G. W. Ogden