graded adjective & adjective If you say that someone is high-handed, you disapprove of them because they use their authority in an unnecessarily forceful way without considering other people's feelings. [disapproval] overbearing ⇒ He wants to be seen as less bossy and high-handed. ⇒ ...his allegedly high-handed organisation of government business in parliament. high-handedness
uncountable noun ⇒ They have been accused of secrecy and high-handedness in their dealings.
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