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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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FIFA's heavy-handedness in banning the poppy from England shirts led to fears earlier this week that Saturday's England v Spain game would be called off.
He added: "There is no evidence at all on the face of the papers or any information that has been disclosed of any heavy-handedness or intimidation.
A written complaint sent by Mohammad's father, Majid Bushnaq, to both his son's school the International School of Choueifat (ISC) and to the Abu Dhabi Education Council (Adec), described Mohammad's situation as: "abusive and heavy-handedness of the school's disciplinary action, misuse of power to bully my son emotionally and physically to the point of tears and extreme depression, has impacted his grades negatively.
Instead, we're getting the same old approach of heavy-handedness.
He suspects that times will be difficult for Egypt's Shia who will suffer at the heavy-handedness of security forces.
That sparked complaints from the Gorgie support who said police and stewards had created an atmosphere of intimidation as a result of alleged heavy-handedness.
He rejected protesters' claims of heavy-handedness and said there had been very few complaints.
But local police chief Peter Wilson said the security operation had been a success and rejected claims of heavy-handedness by officers.
It's clearly heavy-handedness by a large corporation that has an enormous amount of influence over its tenants.
The threats should pounds 30 million Ferdinand fall foul of such heavy-handedness, however, have already gone in to Palios.
You witness against the injustice, against the atrocity, against the heavy-handedness, and all the rest.
I am rather shocked by the heavy-handedness of how immigration deal with this type of situation.
Pecanha mitigates any potential heavy-handedness, however, through the supple manipulation of eleventh-hour twists, much like good mystery stories or police dramas.
The greed and heavy-handedness of Gannett and Knight-Ridder management made this an especially difficult battle and the contract negotiations for the Teamsters and the other unions involved were tough as well.
Dennett's heavy-handedness forces a static world which precludes entrance, quite unlike the intricately reflected realms of both Byatt and Can Xue.