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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. 2017.
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  • He became in a measure dictatorial and high-handed in his dealings with the doctor, and altogether patronizing.

    Claim Number One George W. (George Washington) Ogden
  • What is the meaning of this high-handed proceeding, Count Icanovich?

    Doctor Jones' Picnic S. E. Chapman
  • In a land where laws existed this act would be regarded as a high-handed, monumental and dishonorable theft.

    My Attainment of the Pole Frederick A. Cook
  • Where did she go when she took herself off in that high-handed fashion?

    The Fifth Ace Douglas Grant
  • This high-handed mode of dealing with the Church is in marked contrast to the monarch's complaisance when dealing with the people.

  • She had thought only of herself in dismissing him in that high-handed manner.

  • The latter expected some apology or explanation in relation to the high-handed outrages which had been perpetrated.

British Dictionary definitions for high-handed


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