- oppressive; harsh: a heavy-handed master.
- clumsy; graceless: a heavy-handed treatment of the theme.
Origin of heavy-handed
Related Words for heavy-handedcoercive, cruel, harsh, oppressive, clumsy, inept, severe, graceless, unskillful, bumbling
Examples from the Web for heavy-handed
Contemporary Examples of heavy-handed
So was the importance of protest itself, which he vowed to protect from the heavy-handed policies employed by his predecessors.Eric Garner Protesters Have a Direct Line to City Hall
December 11, 2014
Heavy-handed police work like that carried out by Burge and, apparently, Evans, gets results.I Was Beaten By Chicago’s Dirtiest Cop, Lawsuit Contends
September 16, 2014
She said Mars Hill “engages in heavy-handed discipline through a hierarchical structure.”Another Mega Church Implodes
September 14, 2014
The shooting of Michael Brown and the heavy-handed response by the police that followed has struck a nerve among Muslims.Michael Brown, Gaza, and Muslim Americans
August 20, 2014
The whole scene is so awash with heavy-handed religious imagery you can probably just skip church on Sunday.‘Resurrection’ Is TV’s Silliest Show and Probably Dead on Arrival
March 7, 2014
Historical Examples of heavy-handed
A rough-featured, heavy-handed peasant's son was this Peter.God Wills It!
William Stearns Davis
John, being the heavy-faced and heavy-handed man, shut the door.Buried Alive: A Tale of These Days
What had he in common with his own father—hard-working, heavy-handed Amos Burr?The Voice of the People
Argyll's heavy-handed management of that election is the subject of Defoe's Atalantis Major.Atalantis Major
That particular sort of heavy-handed jest was specially dear to Bronckhorst.The Works of Rudyard Kipling: One Volume Edition
- harsh and oppressive