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heavy-handed

[ hev-ee-han-did ]
/ ˈhɛv iˈhæn dɪd /
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adjective

oppressive; harsh: a heavy-handed master.
clumsy; graceless: a heavy-handed treatment of the theme.

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Origin of heavy-handed

First recorded in 1625–35
heav·y-hand·ed·ly, adverbheav·y-hand·ed·ness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for heavy-handed

heavy-handed

adjective

clumsy
harsh and oppressive
heavy-handedly, adverbheavy-handedness, noun
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