with a heavy hand

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with a heavy hand

In an excessive, authoritarian, or oppressive way or manner. The police dispersed the protesters with a heavy hand. My father always punished us with a heavy hand.
See also: hand, heavy
References in classic literature ?
But I was then deeply absorbed in my letters, and I write with a heavy hand and a quill pen, scraping and scratching noisily over the paper.
The Church's ban is not upon me, but it forbiddeth you to be here, and she will deal with you with a heavy hand an word come to her of your trespass.