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

high′hand′ed·ly adv.
high′hand′ed·ness n.
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Bilawal Bhutto Zardari said the Party's Parliamentary leaders in the Senate, National and Provincial Assemblies have been asked to submit resolutions against the highhanded action by Nawaz Sharif government against the electronic media and condemn the same in unequivocal terms.
Islamabad -- The harassment of cellular subscribers at the hands of criminal elements is on rise, with scammers and swindlers resorting to highhanded tactics to extort money from the victims by using horrifying methods such as blackmailing and death threats.
We, the former chiefs of the three defence services are deeply perturbed and distressed by the highhanded treatment of our veterans on August14, 2015 at Jantar Mantar," they wrote.
Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said: "This is a cowardly speech from a Prime Minister who uses the Olympic Park in London to give highhanded lectures against independence, but hasn't got the guts to come to Scotland or anywhere else to make his case in a head-to-head debate.
However, given that the names listed are presumably meant to be an acknowledgement of the performers and not necessarily a celebration to them, the bricks' removal seemed to be a bit highhanded, and another example of having to cave in to the demands of the great god of political correctness.
The tribunal heard "evidence of the arrogant, aggressive, rude, bullying, highhanded disorganised and at times petty behaviour of Dr Ambrose.