[ hahy-han-did ]
/ ˈhaɪˈhæn dɪd /
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condescending or presumptuous; overbearing; arbitrary: He has a highhanded manner.
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Origin of high-handed
First recorded in 1625–35
OTHER WORDS FROM high-handedhigh-hand·ed·ly, adverbhigh-hand·ed·ness, noun
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How to use high-handed in a sentence
Deadspin ripped it for stuffiness, high-handedness, and general cluelessness.New York Times Attack on Olympic Athlete Lolo Jones Unfounded and Unfair|David Roth|August 7, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Marian is delightful, with her waywardness and high-handedness; and Mrs. Owen likes originals, not feeble imitations.A Hoosier Chronicle|Meredith Nicholson
The Vicomte laughed in his kindly way at what he was pleased to term my high-handedness.Dross|Henry Seton Merriman
But when I think of the cruelties and high-handedness of others here, the Adelantado and the Viceroy shine mildly.1492|Mary Johnston
Penalties of this high-handedness were not sanctioned by law.
For all his striding autocracy and high-handedness there was something naïve and childish about him that clutched at her heart.Captivity|M. Leonora Eyles
British Dictionary definitions for high-handed
tactlessly overbearing and inconsiderate
Derived forms of high-handedhigh-handedly, adverbhigh-handedness, noun
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