Heavy hand


Also found in: Idioms.
severity or oppression.
- Dryden.

See also: Hand

References in classic literature ?
bringing his heavy hand down on Alleyne's shoulder.
But I was then deeply absorbed in my letters, and I write with a heavy hand and a quill pen, scraping and scratching noisily over the paper.
The Church's ban is not upon me, but it forbiddeth you to be here, and she will deal with you with a heavy hand an word come to her of your trespass.
The first intimation Malbihn had that he was not to carry out his design without further interruption was a heavy hand upon his shoulder.
But scarcely had he taken a single step ere a heavy hand closed upon his arm with a grip of steel.
Leaping to his feet he ran for the window; but the ape-man was too quick for him and before he could leap through the sash a heavy hand fell upon his shoulder and he was jerked back and hurled across the room to the opposite wall.
The elder brother, grandfather to these two children, was now a broken man; crushed and borne down, less by the weight of years than by the heavy hand of sorrow.
Disko dropped a heavy hand on his shoulder, for the man's eyes were wild and his lips trembled as he stared at the silent crew.
Only when Francis would have followed her Trent laid a heavy hand upon his shoulder.
His heavy hand, pressing on my shoulder, seemed to press the spirit of resistance out of me.
She was self-ordained a Sister of Mercy, or, we may rather say, the world's heavy hand had so ordained her, when neither the world nor she looked forward to this result.
She hastily dressed herself in her bonnet and shawl: looking fearfully round, from time to time, as if, despite the sleeping draught, she expected every moment to feel the pressure of Sikes's heavy hand upon her shoulder; then, stooping softly over the bed, she kissed the robber's lips; and then opening and closing the room-door with noiseless touch, hurried from the house.