- condescending or presumptuous; overbearing; arbitrary: He has a highhanded manner.
Origin of high-handed
First recorded in 1625–35
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Examples from the Web for high-handedness
Deadspin ripped it for stuffiness, high-handedness, and general cluelessness.New York Times Attack on Olympic Athlete Lolo Jones Unfounded and Unfair
August 7, 2012
The Vicomte laughed in his kindly way at what he was pleased to term my high-handedness.Dross
Henry Seton Merriman
And yet it would be only just to make the father pay once for his high-handedness.The Pagan Madonna
Penalties of this high-handedness were not sanctioned by law.
But just here the high-handedness of Cook frustrated itself.Vikings of the Pacific
Agnes C. Laut
She was, truth to tell, secretly surprised and thrilled by her own high-handedness.V. V.'s Eyes
Henry Sydnor Harrison
- tactlessly overbearing and inconsiderate