- clumsy, inept, or heavy-handed: a ham-handed approach to dealing with people that hurts a lot of feelings.
Also especially British, ham-fist·ed [ham-fis-tid] /ˈhæmˈfɪs tɪd/.
Origin of ham-handed
First recorded in 1915–20
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Examples from the Web for ham-fisted
As Mercatus Center bitcoin expert Jerry Brito has written, government regulation can either be ham-fisted or light to the touch.Bitcoin Forever!
February 27, 2014
Imagine what he looks like on a bad day—a day spent reading this hideous, ham-fisted book, say.Jack Nicholson Deserves a Better Biography Than This
October 31, 2013
Unfortunately, you tend to pepper it with the best intentions but you deal with a lot of ham-fisted hacks.Billy Zane Opens Up About ‘Titanic,’ ‘Zoolander,’ and the Lost Decade
April 4, 2012
- informal lacking dexterity or elegance; clumsy
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