from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Arrogant; overbearing: was annoyed by the manager's highhanded attitude.

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  • adj. Alternative spelling of high-handed.


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  • Nearly a century ago, Wilson admitted America was being "highhanded" with Haiti.

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  • The tripartite alliance on Thursday condemned the "highhanded" raids by the Scorpions on the homes of axed deputy president Jacob

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  • But she doesn't seem to understand that such highhanded behavior is inevitable; when we designate someone an expert, we grant him immunity to public opinion.

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  • And we know that 10.5 considers himself "The Doctor" and is angry at the highhanded way that Ten is treating him.

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  • I shouted after them, but they sped on the wings of the wind, great regal poppies, broken-stalked and mangled, trailing after them or cluttering their wake — the most highhanded act of piracy, I am confident, ever committed off the high seas.

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  • Summers was even more highhanded in addressing the “retention bonuses” handed to the very employees who brokered all those bad bets.

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  • While U.S. officials have frequently given highhanded advice to leaders of other nations, Bernanke acknowledged that the events in the United States in the past few years have made him more understanding of their predicaments.

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  • Small wonder that revolt has come and highhanded methods are rife, of pretending that policies which we favor or persons that we like have the anointment of a purely imaginary majority vote.


  • It was his highhanded disregard for his own colleagues, not his impolitic remarks about gender and science, that forced him out of Harvard's presidency in four years.

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