[syn: heavy-handed, roughshod]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
heavy-handed \heavy-handed\ adj.
1. same as ham-fisted.
Syn: bumbling, bungling, butterfingered, ham-fisted,
ham-handed, handless, left-handed.
2. unjustly harsh or domineering; as, incensed at the
government's heavy-handed economic policies.
Syn: harsh, roughshod.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
adj 1: 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 [syn: bumbling, bungling,
butterfingered, ham-fisted, ham-handed, handless,
2: unjustly domineering; "incensed at the government's heavy-
handed economic policies"; "a manager who rode roughshod over
all opposition" [syn: heavy-handed, roughshod]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
18 Moby Thesaurus words for "heavy-handed":
autocratic, awkward, bungling, clumsy, despotic, dictatorial,
domineering, graceless, harsh, imperious, inept, magisterial,
maladroit, oppressive, overbearing, severe, tyrannical,