ham-handed

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

  1. Clumsy, heavy, or inept; not delicate, light or gentle.
    Some of the dishes arrived damaged after their ham-handed moving efforts.
    • 2013 September 10, Michiko Kakutani, “A Calamity Tailor-Made for Internet Conspiracy Theories”, in New York Times[1]:
      The result, disappointingly, is a scattershot work that is, by turns, entertaining and wearisome, energetic and hokey, delightfully evocative and cheaply sensational; dead-on in its conjuring of zeitgeist-y atmospherics, but often slow-footed and ham-handed in its orchestration of social details.

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