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informal lacking dexterity or elegance; clumsy


clumsy, inept, or heavy-handed: a ham-handed apology.
ham′-hand`ed•ness, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.ham-fisted - lacking physical movement skills, especially with the hands; "a bumbling mechanic"; "a bungling performance"; "ham-handed governmental interference"; "could scarcely empty a scuttle of ashes, so handless was the poor creature"- Mary H. Vorse
maladroit - not adroit; "a maladroit movement of his hand caused the car to swerve"; "a maladroit translation"; "maladroit propaganda"


adjective clumsy (Informal) awkward, bungling, inept, cack-handed (informal), maladroit, ham-handed (informal), all fingers and thumbs (informal), butterfingered (informal), unhandy They can be made by even the most ham-fisted of cooks.


[ˌhæmˈfɪstɪd] ham-handed [ˌhæmˈhændɪd] ADJtorpe, desmañado


, ham-handed
adjungeschickt; efforts, person alsotollpatschig (inf)


[ˌhæmˈfɪstɪd] ham-handed (Am) [ˌhæmˈhændɪd] adjmaldestro/a


(hӕm) noun
the top of the back leg of a pig, salted and dried.
ˌham-ˈfisted adjective
clumsy. He can't tie a knot in that rope – he's too ham-fisted.
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Live tennis Sky Sports 1/BT Sport 1, 3pm THE last thing tennis needs is another bloke ham-fistedly weighing in on the latest row to hit the sport: the dispute over gender equality in prize money, writes Michael Brear.
The authors appear to go out of their way to savage military decisions they don't like but are completely "politically correct" on social issues--and ham-fistedly so.
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But when Brecht rather ham-fistedly insisted not only on Bentley's artistic loyalty but also his political fealty to Brecht's brand of Communist orthodoxy, Bentley bluntly declined.
The ham-fistedly unjust and repentantly indecent manner, in which the impeachment was conducted, was no accident.
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It could have been so different because the notion that Wrexham Village, the property vehicle set up by Moss and Roberts, would eventually turn a profit was never so much a problem as was their strategy of keeping the customers - represented in the main by Wrexham Supporters' Trust - out of the loop and ham-fistedly justifying their flawed proposals to retain ownership of the Racecourse.
The Assad regime ham-fistedly censors foreign media coverage of which it disapproves (surprise, surprise), but a fair amount of information about America seeps through--including the revelation by American General Wesley Clark about what Donald Rumsfeld apparently told (in November 2001) another general, who told Clark: "We're going to take out seven countries [including Iran, Iraq and Syria] in five years" (p.
O'Duffy had indeed subdued the Unionist minority in his native Monaghan, but to ham-fistedly dream of similarly taking on the Unionist majority in Antrim and Down was quite a different proposition.
Sorry, Sorry, Sorry, Sorry, is a DIY moment of regret, four small office units are ham-fistedly glued back together again after having been smashed to pieces.