oppressive or tyrannical; stern or cruel.
having hands hardened by toil.
- hard-hand·ed·ness, hard·hand·ed·ness, noun
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How to use hard-handed in a sentence
A couple of hard-handed caissoniers, settling down to some serious drinking.The Sensitive Man | Poul William Anderson
These hard-handed men are developing this region, earning a livelihood for themselves and enriching those who employ them.The Seat of Empire | Charles Carleton Coffin
One of my neighbors, a thorough American, is much concerned about the growth of what he calls the "hard-handed aristocracy."Over the Teacups | Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
I AM not an old and experienced farmer, nor a tiller of the soil, nor one of the hard-handed sons of labor.The Ghosts | Robert G. Ingersoll
The largest soul of all the British lands came among us in the shape of a hard-handed Scottish Peasant.