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Origin of high-handed

First recorded in 1625–35
Related formshigh-hand·ed·ly, adverbhigh-hand·ed·ness, noun
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Contemporary Examples of high-handedness

Historical Examples of high-handedness

  • The Vicomte laughed in his kindly way at what he was pleased to term my high-handedness.


    Henry Seton Merriman

  • And yet it would be only just to make the father pay once for his high-handedness.

    The Pagan Madonna

    Harold MacGrath

  • Penalties of this high-handedness were not sanctioned by law.

  • But just here the high-handedness of Cook frustrated itself.

  • She was, truth to tell, secretly surprised and thrilled by her own high-handedness.

    V. V.'s Eyes

    Henry Sydnor Harrison

British Dictionary definitions for high-handedness


  1. tactlessly overbearing and inconsiderate
Derived Formshigh-handedly, adverbhigh-handedness, noun
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