cack-handed


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cack-handed

1. Unskilled or clumsy with one's hands. Primarily heard in UK, Australia. No, I'm too cack-handed to repair that delicate figurine.
2. Inept in one's personal interactions. Primarily heard in UK, Australia. Tommy is so cack-handed that he'll never be able to mediate this situation.
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He added: "It was a pretty cack-handed effort that was bound to end in him being caught."
It is a self-inflicted wound and it is typical of the cack-handed way the game is promoted in this country.
A BLUNDERING burglar left a trail of blood across a Teesside suburb in a "cack-handed" crime spree.
Even supporters can see he's a cack-handed political klutz
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Not to mention hilarious to the rest of us when some cack-handed Casanova finds his crown jewels plastered across Facebook.
The Labour heavyweight, who lost out to younger brother Ed in the race for his party's leadership, said: "Since last Wednesday the consensus has formed that the Budget spin was cack-handed. I want to make the case today, however, that the substance was dangerously complacent - dangerously complacent about growth and dangerously complacent about youth unemployment as well."
Cable said he wanted a "proper industrial policy" to build a different kind of economy, rather than the "cack-handed interventionism" of the 1960s and 70s.
Speaking on the eve of Mrs May's keynote speech to the annual Police Federation conference, Ms Cooper will claim that the Home Secretary's "cack-handed approach to reform" means that communities will pay the price.
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But, as a pre-budget exercise, attacking the HRI in such a cack-handed manner did them little favour.
It will be interesting to see whether he unleashes some of his cack-handed strokes in Tests, The Sun reports.
Fitting too, as I always did reckon that, as girl bands go, the Spice Girls were a bit cack-handed.
We are being conned by yet another result of this cack-handed, ill thought-out, inefficient privatised railway mess - and the Welsh government should take control of all Welsh lines and companies and set up a WALES RAIL network run for the benefit of the passengers, with any profits ploughed back in to the system rather than paying dividends and armies of consultants and accountants.