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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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In short, the political impasse, heavy-handedness of the security forces and AQI strength in Mosul mean that, overall, violence is unlikely to decrease substantially over the coming years.
on an international level but will also encourage despotic regimes like that of Iran to continue justifying its heavy-handedness by dwelling on the failure of the U.S.
It's the abominable acts of some opposition leaders." Last week, the International Commission of Jurists condemned the security forces for heavy-handedness in dispersing protesters and questioned the legality of charges leveled against opposition leaders.
It's very tempting for the rest of the world to intervene in the affairs of the Caucasus (the strategic stakes are high, and the potential energy resources are seductive) but, while the facilitation of political resolutions is a fine and noble idea, heavy-handedness is likely to do more harm than good.
HRW's report also highlighted Egyptian security heavy-handedness.
New initiative: But Coun Alan Rudge has warned against heavy-handedness.
The gospel message of inclusion, mutuality, responsible freedom, and justice-oriented ministries will continue no matter the heavy-handedness of the Vatican.
While no one in his right mind can support or condone such acts by hooligans and instigators, yet the real roots of the recurring violence in society must be well studied and researched by all concerned, not least by the authorities themselves, on whose shoulders rests the responsibility of achieving stability governed by justice and fairness in the community.Causing the death of two citizens for actions not deemed threatening to community members or to members of the security forces must be considered as a serious aberration of justice and heavy-handedness in dealing with the public.
It is not that they dispense with character and symbol and plot, it is not that they mock the implausibility and heavy-handedness of such tricks--Howard is too savvy for such twee trickery.
PORTLAND - The City Council voted Wednesday to rename 39th Avenue as Cesar Chavez Boulevard after a two-year debate that brought charges of racism and government heavy-handedness, and groans from residents who wanted the late Hispanic labor leader honored elsewhere.
That Cox manages to convey these larger ideas without heavy-handedness makes Shuck one of those rare books that has both ample brains and raunchy sex appeal.
1 In which city was a headteacher accused of heavy-handedness after suspending a teacher who imposed press-ups as punishment for late pupils?
With its characteristic heavy-handedness, the government of Hu Jintao did its best to head off Mr.
Despite his US legal education, articulate English and admiration for the West, Mr Saakashvili has shown little interest in political pluralism, acted with heavy-handedness against his opponents and introduced worrying curbs on media freedom.
It is not just that be uses rather slower tempos, but that his approach shows greater heavy-handedness, symphonic pathos or to put it another way more wrinkles, painful experience, age.