WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
heav•y-hand•ed /ˈhɛviˈhændɪd/USA pronunciation   adj. 
  1. clumsy;
    without grace or sensitivity:heavy-handed criticism.
  2. oppressive;
    harsh:a heavy-handed dictator.
heav•y--hand•ed•ly, adv. 
heav•y--hand•ed•ness, n. [uncountable]

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
heav•y-hand•ed  (hevē handid),USA pronunciation adj. 
  1. oppressive;
    harsh:a heavy-handed master.
  2. clumsy;
    graceless:a heavy-handed treatment of the theme.
heavy-handed•ly, adv. 
heavy-handed•ness, n. 
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