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adjective as in strict

Weak match

adjective as in awkward

Strongest matches

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Example Sentences

The clichés about football-obsessed husbands and frustrated wives are pretty heavy-handed.

So was the importance of protest itself, which he vowed to protect from the heavy-handed policies employed by his predecessors.

Some were funny, while some were more heavy handed slams of ISIS simply framed in comedic terms.

Heavy-handed police work like that carried out by Burge and, apparently, Evans, gets results.

She said Mars Hill “engages in heavy-handed discipline through a hierarchical structure.”

Here John was in charge of the blacks and under his heavy-handed rule the cases were rapidly stowed away.

It is the same fierce, hard-living, heavy-handed, very cunning service out of which the Navy as we know it to-day was born.

He asked, after a moment, "Don't you think that would be rather a heavy-handed way of dealing with the matter?"

Those heavy-handed mechanics in the district motor pool, for example.

"If Happy's ghost don't git to playin' music too much," he added with his heavy-handed wit.


On this page you'll find 32 synonyms, antonyms, and words related to heavy-handed, such as: coercive, cruel, harsh, oppressive, and severe.

From Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.