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heavy-handed

 
1. if you try to control someone or something in a heavy-handed way, you use more force than is necessary or suitable His heavy-handed style of management is extremely unpopular.
2. if an attempt to tell or teach someone something is heavy-handed, it is too obvious The theme of drug abuse is treated in a way that is convincing without being heavy-handed.

heavy-handed

mod. tactless; forceful; unfair. Paul is a little heavy-handed at times, but mostly he’s reasonable.
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Summary: TEHRAN (FNA)- Turkish police continue their heavy-handed tactics against protesters demonstrating in the capital, Ankara, against the detention of anti-government activists.
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As always, at the end of the day, co-owners can go to the courts, but that could be heavy-handed as you say.
condemns the increasingly heavy-handed tactics employed by Belarusian
The FDA cites high HIV infection rates among gay men as justification for the heavy-handed regulation and says the "window period" between initial infection and the time at which HIV is detectable in blood--up to two months--necessitates preemptive measures to eliminate high-risk donors.
Harland's comparison (and often equation of) Judean synagogues and congregations of Jesus' followers with associations/collegia is not quite convincing, and his critique of prevailing scholarly opinion is heavy-handed.
One year after massive demonstrations forced Beijing to back down on imposing harsh "anti-subversion" legislation, Hong Kong demonstrators again took to the streets on July 1 to protest Beijing's heavy-handed rule.
Business leaders have hit out at heavy-handed environmental regulations which they claimed cost employers billions of pounds.
This was a heavy-handed way of dealing with carcasses," Stiner says.
I realize that some view Sarbox requirements as excessive, but given the weakening ethical resolve of many top executives, we need the heavy-handed approach.
Defining "liberalism" as the philosophy and ideals that motivate such far-reaching, heavy-handed, money-driven governmental policies, The Liberal Virus is actually a heated and focused warning against the harm caused by such blind and overextended interference in other nations.
He fancies a girl fish called Cordelia (Evan Rachel Wood), has a run-in with a bully shark (US comedian Andy Dick), and learns lots of heavy-handed morals.
Holcombe falters only when she leans on heavy-handed sentiment, as in The Proprietor (all works 2005), a visual polemic about an archetypal scheming white male politician.
This reviewer initially found his crude anger heavy-handed, but in her third novel, Neff's talent as a storyteller soon dispels any issue with introductions to Abel, and the character ultimately rings true.
In casting the refined patterning of Lucinda Childs against the heavy-handed contortions of Jiri Kylian and the organized chaos of William Forsythe, Boston Ballet brought the question of what constitutes classicism into sharp focus.