from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Ham-handed.
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- adj. Lacking skill in physical movement, especially with the hands
- adj. Lacking skill in general
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. not skillful in physical movement especially with the hands; clumsy; bungling; -- also used metaphorically of actions.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. lacking physical movement skills, especially with the hands
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With its broadly drawn character types and occasionally ham-fisted dialogue, it brings to mind the gee-wiz adventure pictures like The Phantom and The Shadow.
Bolton and Cheney's ham-fisted approach to foreign policy did catastrophic damage to our reputation and our values, and whatever shrieks of support he has for Cheney should be taken for what they are: the rantings of a representative of an undisciplined, unfocused and amoral clique.
This bittersweet drama about three best buds and their midlife crises resumes its better-by-the-week second season following the premiere of the ham-fisted legal dramedy Franklin & Bash.
I think cap-and-trade would be a ham-fisted, unhelpful, damaging thing to the economy. ...
If you look at the history of health insurance, the problems start during the FDR/WWII era when there were ham-fisted attempts to control employees who might leave a vital war contractor for better money elsewhere.
He courts ambiguity, populating his paintings with shape-shifting topiary, chunks of masonry, stylized umbrella pines, fountains, city walls, column fragments, sculptures and more, including the sinister "hoods" of the paintings exhibited in New York—all of it conjured up with ham-fisted, assertive drawing and with paint-handling that ranges from elegant to slapdash.
Serco continued its slump following the outsourcing group's ham-fisted attempt to demand cash rebates from its suppliers to make up for the squeeze on its margins, a move it later retracted.
Food Inc. and the stench of ham-fisted exaggeration
The distressing, and to my mind accurate, message that monopolies are putting profit before human and animal health and well being, is potent and distrubing, and would have been much better served without the emotional overkill, the taint of exaggeration; the helping of ham-fisted propaganda. (and okay, enough with the hackneyed food metaphors).
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