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Heavy-handed   /hˈɛvi-hˈændəd/   Listen

Lacking physical movement skills, especially with the hands.  Synonyms: bumbling, bungling, butterfingered, ham-fisted, ham-handed, handless, left-handed.  "A bungling performance" , "Ham-handed governmental interference" , "Could scarcely empty a scuttle of ashes, so handless was the poor creature"
Unjustly domineering.  Synonym: roughshod.  "A manager who rode roughshod over all opposition"

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"Heavy-handed" Quotes from Famous Books

... What!" roared a big voice, and Sir Howard came into the room. "I tell you, Bramber only had one fault as a stepfather; he wasn't heavy-handed enough. A bad ...
— Tales of Chinatown • Sax Rohmer

... after all, a kind of crude synthesis of the natural and the spiritual, by which it is possible to live; it is, for many persons, an indispensable bridge between the world of phenomena and the world of spirit. But when the heavy-handed dogmatist requires a categorical assent to the literal truth of the miraculous, in exactly the same sense in which physical facts are true, a tension between faith and reason cannot be avoided. And it is in this literal sense that Bishop Gore requires all his clergy ...
— Outspoken Essays • William Ralph Inge

... must before this have known that his poems were in our bookcase. While we were still in Columbus I began to read them, but I did not read so much of them as could have helped me to a truer and freer ideal. I read "English Bards and Scotch Reviewers," and I liked its vulgar music and its heavy-handed sarcasm. These would, perhaps, have fascinated any boy, but I had such a fanaticism for methodical verse that any variation from the octosyllabic and decasyllabic couplets was painful to me. The Spencerian stanza, with its rich variety of movement and its harmonious closes, long shut ...
— Henry James, Jr. • William Dean Howells

... one of very common occurrence, is of a kind well known to professional repairers. It has been caused by a twist, possibly while being handled by some clumsy or heavy-handed repairer of olden times, and hastily filled with polluted glue, pressed together and left to itself. It is not at right angles with the plane of the instrument, but at a very acute one, very little evidence of it, possibly none, being ...
— The Repairing & Restoration of Violins - 'The Strad' Library, No. XII. • Horace Petherick

... chase; go on a fool's goose chase, sleeveless errand; go further and fare worse; lose one's way, miss one's way; fail &c 732. Adj. unskillful &c 698; inexpert; bungling &c v.; awkward, clumsy, unhandy, lubberly, gauche, maladroit; left-handed, heavy-handed; slovenly, slatternly; gawky. adrift, at fault. inapt, unapt; inhabile [Fr.]; untractable^, unteachable; giddy &c (inattentive) 458; inconsiderate &c (neglectful) 460; stupid &c 499; inactive &c 683; incompetent; unqualified, disqualified, ill-qualified; unfit; quackish; raw, green, inexperienced, ...
— Roget's Thesaurus of English Words and Phrases: Body • Roget

Words linked to "Heavy-handed" :   bungling, maladroit, domineering

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