heavy-handed

adjective heavy-hand·ed \ ˈhe-vē-ˈhan-dəd \

Definition of 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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HEAVY-HANDED Defined for English Language Learners

heavy-handed

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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