Also found in: Idioms.


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

high′hand′ed·ly adv.
high′hand′ed·ness n.
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Summary: New Delhi [India], Sept 3 (ANI): Congress on Tuesday condemned what it called "highhanded tactics" allegedly used in arresting DK Shivakumar in a money laundering case and alleged that the Centre was fabricating its political opponents in false cases to "divert people's attention from its massive failures".
SNP Westminster leader Ian Blackford has accused one of the PM candidates of "highhanded arrogance".
Rawalpindi -- Sui Gas department Rawalpindi has started to send bills of digital meters to the citizens without installing these meters and the citizens have voiced strong protest against this highhanded act terming it unjust and inequitable.
IANS New Delhi The CPI-M on Thursday accused Maharashtra's BJP government of persecuting those who were"engaged in defending the victims"of the Bhima-Koregaon violence, and urged all"democratic-minded people"to protest against such"highhanded actions"of the government.
Damascus, SANA - Minister of Culture Mohammad al-Ahmad asserted in a meeting with a delegation of American activists that Syria has stood its ground firmly against the highhanded fierce attack on its sovereignty, culture and archaeological heritage.
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.