American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Having a light, delicate touch.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Having light hands; soft, delicate, or dexterous in touch or manipulation.
- Having or bringing little in the hands: as, to come home light-handed.
- Insufficiently supplied with hands or assistants, as a ship or a factory; short-handed.
- adj. nautical Not having a full complement of workers.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. (Naut.) Not having a full complement of men.
- adj. having a metaphorically delicate touch.
- adj. having a metaphorically delicate touch
“In a light-handed manner that contrasted with the influence he wielded, he was with us at nearly every step of our growth.”
“Though he prayed for a moose, just one moose, all game seemed to have deserted the land, and nightfall found the exhausted man crawling into camp, light-handed, heavy-hearted.”
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“Any moment now, we expect Rudy Giuliani, who outdid Romney by spending $59 million for just one delegate, to share some of his own financial wisdom, probably spicing it up with his usual light-handed touch of 9/11 doomsday.”
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