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heavy hand, with a

1.
In a clumsy manner, as in You can't use that delicate equipment with a heavy hand. [ Mid-1600s ]
2.
Overbearingly or severely, as in Children brought up with a heavy hand often rebel in later years. [ Late 1800s ]
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