or hard·fist·ed

[ hahrd-fis-tid ]
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  1. stingy; miserly; closefisted.

  2. tough-minded; ruthless: hard-fisted revolutionists.

  1. having hard or strong hands, as a laborer.

Origin of hard-fisted

First recorded in 1650–60

Other words from hard-fisted

  • hard-fist·ed·ness, hard·fist·ed·ness, noun

Words Nearby hard-fisted

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How to use hard-fisted in a sentence

  • There came other guests: a German, hard-fisted, bullet-headed—editor of an East Side labor-paper.

    Love's Pilgrimage | Upton Sinclair
  • Despite this, the Americans are hard-fisted, shrewd, and as a nation a match for any in the field of cunning.

  • Can't you name some one in this town who is known to be the most hard-fisted old miser in the place?

    The Impostures of Scapin | (Poquelin) Moliere
  • And yet he was, to all outward appearances, a singularly repulsive and hard-fisted old miser.

    American Men of Mind | Burton E. Stevenson
  • He knew that in a hand-to-hand fight he was no match for that heavy-framed, hard-fisted product of a fog-ridden land.

    The Bronze Eagle | Emmuska Orczy, Baroness Orczy