Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Having large hands. Hence— Rapacious; grasping; greedy.
- Profuse; generous: as, large-handed charity.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. (Fig.) Having large hands. Taking, or giving, in large quantities; rapacious or bountiful.
“Westley, a tall large-handed man, took to sleeping in the bar.”
“A pleasant, square-built, large-handed man with a wide, wholesome face, and a deep reserve in his eyes, which Cadfael was glad to see.”
“A remarkable confirmation of the theory that the Bronze Age culture came from the East is to be found in the patterns of the arms, which are distinctly oriental; while the handles of swords and daggers are so narrow and short as to make it unlikely that they would be made for use by the large-handed races of Europe.”
“Commission expected much from the Northwest, both from its earnest patriotism, and its large-handed liberality.”
“He is a poor wretch, with a little thin fishy blood in his body, lean and flat, long-armed and large-handed, thick-jointed and thin-muscled, -- you know those unwholesome, weak-eyed, half-fed creatures, that look not fit to be round among live folks, and yet not quite dead enough to bury.”
“The public creditors and the taxpayers are alike interested in an honest administration of the finances, and neither class will long endure the large-handed robberies of the recent past.”
“What should drop out of it, one day, but a small heart-shaped paper, containing a lock of that straight, coarse, brown hair which sets off the sharp faces of so many thin-flanked, large-handed bumpkins?”
“It embraced personal leisure and the good things of life as a matter of course, a broader existence, a large-handed generosity toward the less fortunate, an intellectual elevation entirely unrelated to gross material things.”
“In this almost primeval region the large-handed fashion of primitive transactions is still in vogue.”
“In body and features he was of that feminine delicacy which your large-handed Saxon dislikes, and though Marianne was by no means a stalwart, she detested the man at once.”
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