from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- adjective Lacking dexterity or skill; clumsy.
- adjective Lacking social grace or tact.
- adjective Having unusually large hands.
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Clumsy, heavy, or inept; not delicate, lightor gentle.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adjective lacking physical movement skills, especially with the hands
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Our ham-handed approach to other countries is pretty scary. thetruth
Just when you thought BP couldn’t top former CEO Tony Hayward’s ham-handed statements last summer, it appears the giant oil conglomerate still has the mojo to make Gulf residents’ blood boil.
You can guess what happens next, but it doesn't matter, for Kanin runs the changes on his familiar theme so adroitly that you won't even mind the ham-handed civics lesson tucked into the last five minutes of the play.
Quant analysts might unearth some false notes, but compared with usually ham-handed corporate thrillers, this is as welcome as "Margin Call" or a new Joseph Finder novel.
Then our ham-handed land of the giants reality takes over and the little magic letter is prepared for real-world mailing.
Politico approached him 10 days before the story was published and asked for a response and there was nothing until the ham-handed iterations of the narrative that unfolded over the course of one news cycle.
And of course, all this is complicated by ham-handed attempts to reach out to female gamers, to hold on to the valuable 19-35 male demographic, not to mention poor understanding of what accessibility means and why you really shouldn't be throwing a 16 button controller at people ... but a lot of it really does come down to: games are expensive to make because of the art.
But I simply didn't buy the ham-handed way he descended into Taxi Driver territory, no matter how inexorably brutal his world may be.
First, he made a ham-handed attempt to change the definition to an "aspirational goal of a time horizon," whatever that meant.
But his decision to go now, and there, seems either ham-handed or vaguely defiant.