ham-fisted

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From ham (overacting inferior performer; actor of low grade; incompetent pugilist) +‎ fisted.

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ham-fisted (comparative more ham-fisted, superlative most ham-fisted)

  1. Lacking skill in physical movement, especially with the hands.
  2. (by extension) Lacking skill in general.
    • 2008, December 6, Jean has done Canada a favour[1]:
      Harper has a few weeks' grace, during which he and his ham-fisted finance minister, Jim Flaherty, can ponder the error of their ways.

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