or hard·hand·ed



oppressive or tyrannical; stern or cruel.
having hands hardened by toil.

Origin of hard-handed

First recorded in 1580–90
Related formshard-hand·ed·ness, hard·hand·ed·ness, noun
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Examples from the Web for hard-handed

Historical Examples of hard-handed

  • He was a misshapen, pain-racked man, hard-handed and close-mouthed.

    Dominie Dean

    Ellis Parker Butler

  • They are all "hard-handed" jobs, and some of them done in high heat.


    Charles Rumford Walker

  • Mrs. McGillicuddy, soft-hearted as she was hard-handed, looked at Mrs. Fortescue.

    Betty at Fort Blizzard

    Molly Elliot Seawell

  • Our war has been a marshalling of its armies, commanded by a hard-handed, inspired man of the working-class.

    The Chimney-Corner

    Christopher Crowfield

  • Little tyrant that he was, hard-handed and exacting, they knew him for a soldier and a man.