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Synonyms for heavy-handedheavy-hand·ed

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. bumbling, bungling, butterfingered, ham-fisted, ham-handed, handless, heavy-handed, left-handedadjective

    lacking physical movement skills, especially with the hands

    "a bumbling mechanic"; "a bungling performance"; "ham-handed governmental interference"; "could scarcely empty a scuttle of ashes, so handless was the poor creature"- Mary H. Vorse

    left-handed, levorotary, incompetent, bumbling, levorotatory, butterfingered, morganatic, handless, roughshod, fumbling, clumsy, ham-handed, ham-fisted, bungling

    submissive, adroit

  2. heavy-handed, roughshodadjective

    unjustly domineering

    "incensed at the government's heavy-handed economic policies"; "a manager who rode roughshod over all opposition"

    left-handed, savage, bumbling, butterfingered, handless, barbarous, fell, roughshod, cruel, vicious, ham-handed, ham-fisted, bungling, brutal

    adroit, submissive

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  1. List of paraphrases for "heavy-handed":

    clumsy, cumbersome, unwieldy, oppressive

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How to use heavy-handed in a sentence?

  1. Tom Moore:

    I hope she's not very heavy handed with the sword, by then I might be rather a poor old weak soul.

  2. Peter Goldring:

    It's heavy-handed, i think it's clumsy diplomacy.

  3. Hillary Clinton:

    I think it was one of the major contributors to the outcome, propaganda works. Advertising works. It’s a form of propaganda. So the Russians may have started out a little heavy-handed and clumsy about it, but they were clearly getting guided as to where to target a lot of their fraudulent claims and phony news.

  4. David Snyder:

    To threaten discipline up to and included firing seems at the very least heavy-handed; it's not like the Social Security or bank account numbers were released.

  5. Sylvia Chang:

    The law makes me dislike China even more, they had promised 50 years unchanged for Hong Kong but they are getting all the more heavy-handed... I am worried Hong Kong today could be Taiwan tomorrow.

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  • übertriebend, extrem, streng, unbarmherzig, durchgreifend, umständlich, drückend, drastisch, ohne Feingefühl, ungeschickt, plump, unbeholfen, schwerfälligGerman
  • drástico, draconianoSpanish

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