oppressive; harsh: a heavy-handed master.
clumsy; graceless: a heavy-handed treatment of the theme.
- heav·y-hand·ed·ly, adverb
- heav·y-hand·ed·ness, noun
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How to use heavy-handed in a sentence
The clichés about football-obsessed husbands and frustrated wives are pretty heavy-handed.‘A Gronking to Remember’ Speed Read: 8 Naughtiest Bits | Emily Shire | January 7, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
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 | Jacob Siegel | December 11, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Some were funny, while some were more heavy handed slams of ISIS simply framed in comedic terms.
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 | Justin Glawe | September 16, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
She said Mars Hill “engages in heavy-handed discipline through a hierarchical structure.”
Here John was in charge of the blacks and under his heavy-handed rule the cases were rapidly stowed away.The Blind Lion of the Congo | Elliott Whitney
It is the same fierce, hard-living, heavy-handed, very cunning service out of which the Navy as we know it to-day was born.Sea Warfare | Rudyard Kipling
He asked, after a moment, "Don't you think that would be rather a heavy-handed way of dealing with the matter?"Imaginary Interviews | W. D. Howells
Those heavy-handed mechanics in the district motor pool, for example.Final Weapon | Everett B. Cole
"If Happy's ghost don't git to playin' music too much," he added with his heavy-handed wit.The Flying U's Last Stand | B. M. Bower
British Dictionary definitions for heavy-handed
harsh and oppressive
- heavy-handedly, adverb
- heavy-handedness, noun
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