heavy hand


used to say that something has been done without delicacy or with too much force
a cook who has a heavy hand with the salt
went at the task with a heavy hand

Examples of heavy hand in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Next, the formula must be checked against the latest restrictions from the International Fragrance Association, which regulates fragrance ingredients (with a heavy hand, and to the annoyance of seemingly all independent perfumers). Molly Young, New York Times, 19 Mar. 2024 Kim is touting a grassroots campaign in the primary, while Murphy, a former Republican with immense personal wealth, is flexing her connections to some of the state's power brokers, who have a heavy hand in shaping local races, including through helping set the ballot order. Tal Axelrod, ABC News, 14 Mar. 2024 Young Chinese, fed up with family pressure, opt out of Lunar New Year Prominent voices within China are warning that Xi’s policies favoring the heavy hand of state intervention have gone too far and are dampening innovation. Christian Shepherd, Washington Post, 5 Mar. 2024 Whether that’s ultimately due to the underlying material or the heavy hand brought to translating it, the net effect is a failure to launch. Brian Lowry, CNN, 23 Feb. 2024 My greenwash inoculations are needed more than ever with the heavy hand of regulation about to drop on unsubstantiated eco claims. Solitaire Townsend, Forbes, 11 Feb. 2024 Throughout those years, the military has wielded ultimate authority, guiding its politics behind a veil of secrecy, and civilian leaders have typically risen to power only with its support — or been driven from office by its heavy hand. Christina Goldbaum, New York Times, 10 Feb. 2024 While civilians in much of the rest of the country have been displaced or killed or have disappeared at the hands of the security forces, those in Punjab never really faced the heavy hand of the military. Christina Goldbaum, New York Times, 7 Feb. 2024 In Rwanda, for example, authorities govern with a heavy hand but still deliver services effectively. Comfort Ero, Foreign Affairs, 12 Dec. 2023

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“Heavy hand.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/heavy%20hand. Accessed 17 Apr. 2024.

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