heavy-handed

adjective
heavy-hand·​ed | \ ˈhe-vē-ˈhan-dəd How to pronounce heavy-handed (audio) \

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Other Words from heavy-handed

heavy-handedly adverb
heavy-handedness noun

First Known Use of heavy-handed

1647, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of heavy-handed was in 1647

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“Heavy-handed.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/heavy-handed. Accessed 19 Sep. 2021.

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heavy-handed

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of heavy-handed

: dealing with people or problems in a severe or harsh way : too strict or controlling
: awkward or clumsy : showing a lack of skill

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