First Known Use of heavy-handed
adamant, callous, hardened, hard-hearted, hard-line, immovable, implacable, inflexible, merciless, pitiless, relentless, rock-ribbed, stiff, unbending, uncompromising, unrelenting, unsparing, unyielding;
HEAVY-HANDED Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of heavy-handed for English Language Learners
: 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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