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Definition of heavy-handed adjective from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1not showing a sympathetic understanding of the feelings of other people a heavy-handed approach
  2. 2using unnecessary force heavy-handed police methods
  3. 3(of a person) using too much of something in a way that can cause damage Don't be too heavy-handed with the salt.
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