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heavy-handed

Overly blunt, forceful, or tactless. We need to find a way of teaching this to kids without being heavy-handed. I don't approve of their heavy-handed parenting style, but it's not for me to criticize.

heavy-handed

mod. tactless; forceful; unfair. Paul is a little heavy-handed at times, but mostly he’s reasonable.
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This was a heavy-handed way of dealing with carcasses," Stiner says.
Stretching the limits of the law, interest rates of around 20 percent and often heavy-handed debt collection methods by many loan companies have turned the phrase "debtor's hell" into a Japanese buzzword.
While some popes (including Sixtus V) bridled when collaboration began to look more and more like dependence and while Spanish kings could sometimes be heavy-handed in asserting their power (Philip II would deliver a blunt list of acceptable candidates to the second papal conclave of 1590), the relationship would seriously falter only when a newly stable and ambitious France began competing for clients and influence in the city, offering the papacy an alternative to Spanish domination.
The heavy-handed politicking backfired, however, and all members of the Monaghan slate lost.
To maintain stability, push through his progressive programs and desperately try and establish his place in the history books, he used what became known as "The Johnson Treatment"--a cocktail of charming persuasion, heavy-handed needling and, often times, downright intimidation.
Though precise working practices are yet to be disclosed, the Jockey Club is confident the policing will not be heavy-handed or blatant.
At first glance, Atom Egoyan's edgy cinematic retelling of William Trevor's dark thriller about a lost irish lass stumbling into the overly tidy lair of a middle-aged English psychopath seems like the sort of heavy-handed morality tale used to warn wayward adolescents.
Without heavy-handed intellectualizing (or, worse, pandering to anti-intellectual sentiments a la Forrest Gump), Phenomenon tells an inspirational story about humanity's capacity for genius, achievement, and compassion.
On the other hand, his 130-day appointment was considered a heavy-handed move by those who believe Clinton's first envoy, career diplomat Lawrence Pezzullo, should never have been sacked.
But Espada, who teaches English at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, is not heavy-handed or hortatory, for he relies on autobiographical vignettes to pin his message.
He added, "Such heavy-handed action - targeting not only Community steel producers but also those from Japan, Korea, Brazil, Canada, Mexico, Poland, Romania, Finland, Argentina, Australia, New Zealand, Austria and Sweden - will further weaken the chances of reaching a multilateral steel agreement, which the United States hitherto has supported.
Response to the media relations program has been mixed: Some journalists perceived Disney's approach as so heavy-handed that it generated negative rather than positive publicity.
The principle behind Miranda,that suspects should be protected from the heavy-handed tactics law enforcement officials might use to extract confessions, is, of course, sound.
WASHINGTON -- The American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity today announced the launch of a new advertising campaign about how the EPA's heavy-handed regulations have threatened the affordability and reliability of electricity in America.
This prank meant that the unfortunate chap had to write heavy-handed letters to a Smiths Wood backwater rather than dropping round for a clear-the-air cuppa with mums who'd jumped to the wrong conclusion.