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[hahy-han-did] /ˈhaɪˈhæn dɪd/
condescending or presumptuous; overbearing; arbitrary:
He has a highhanded manner.
Origin of high-handed
First recorded in 1625-35
Related forms
high-handedly, adverb
high-handedness, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • But I'm damned if I understand this high-handed attitude of yours!

    The Black Bag Louis Joseph Vance
  • She had thought only of herself in dismissing him in that high-handed manner.

  • It was high-handed rascality, but I cannot connect it with Woodford.

    Dwellers in the Hills Melville Davisson Post
  • Dulcie was sulking, however, at Leslie's high-handed manner.

  • Ever since Eleanor's high-handed departure she had been undergoing a metamorphosis.

    Quin Alice Hegan Rice
  • But of course we cannot all expect to deal with life on this high-handed scale.

    Joyous Gard Arthur Christopher Benson
  • What do you mean by this high-handed outrage, Captain Lloyd?

    The Lost Despatch Natalie Sumner Lincoln
British Dictionary definitions for high-handed


tactlessly overbearing and inconsiderate
Derived Forms
high-handedly, adverb
high-handedness, noun
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