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  1. unjustly domineering
    a manager who rode roughshod over all opposition
    incensed at the government's heavy-handed economic policies
  2. lacking physical movement skills, especially with the hands
    ham-handed governmental interference
    could scarcely empty a scuttle of ashes, so handless was the poor creature
    a bumbling mechanic
    a bungling performance
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How To Use heavy-handed In A Sentence

  • The heavy-handed allusiveness may just be an aesthetic mistake, a secondary flaw we have to countenance while otherwise acknowledging the narrative power of the novel as a whole. Translated Texts
  • The thing that really grates, though, is the po-faced sermonising on global warming and heavy-handed attempts to make Serious Points about Serious Issues.
  • The irony gets a little heavy-handed - one of the baldies discovers love while picking up an anorexic chick in the hospital cafeteria - but the sentiment is genuine.
  • Anthony Hopkins goes from sullen silence to wordy sermonising as an unhinged anthropologist in this heavy-handed drama.
  • She was not an unordinary child, she came from a large family with lots of kids who were also never spanked, they were not perfect children, but they were disciplined and well-liked, and having “lived” in their house, I could see no other heavy-handed parental shenanigans … and the question I asked myself was “So then … what is wrong with ME that I need to be hit in order to learn?” Sticks And Stones | Her Bad Mother
  • It involved the deployment of force in numbers and heavy-handed intervention. Times, Sunday Times
  • Heavy-handed and unsubtle, it tends to detract annoyingly from, rather than enhance, changes in mood.
  • This intrusion shows how heavy-handed the movie's efforts to be relevant and political are.
  • Apparently they're so concerned that they might be missing some tracking data that they'll tip their hand by disrupting all commerce with heavy-handed checkpointing. Politics in Analog
  • Until then, uprisings against the new Norman régime had been confined to local spats prompted mainly by the heavy-handed actions of overzealous castellans.
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