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Definition of ham-fisted in English:


British informal
Clumsy; bungling: a ham-fisted attempt
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  • WorldCom's in a big mess, and many of you have questions about it, so I thought that I would, in my ham-fisted, amateur way, attempt to answer them.
  • It was an attempt - ham-fisted, but an attempt nevertheless - to interpret, in some Van Daniken kind of way, some of the phenomena, especially in the Old Testament.
  • For the pro-war blood mongers to claim that they are the true supporters of our troops and that people such as myself of an anti-war disposition are not, is at best a ham-fisted attempt to take the moral high ground and at worst a barefaced lie.
informal cack-handed, butterfingered, ham-handed
British informal all thumbs, all fingers and thumbs


Example sentences
  • We get no sense of the Western society in which they live, apart from a ham-fistedly jolly counterplot about Ziad's friend running a pizza restaurant.
  • Anakin's nightmare brought tittering and giggles even from me it was so ham-fistedly portrayed.
  • In a world where most guitar groups regurgitate mouldy old ideas, floundering ham-fistedly around in a sea of stupidity and borrowed riffs, it's a relief to turn to this intelligent, confident and, dare one say it, tasteful record.
Example sentences
  • Annoying as the album frequently is, it doesn't irritate through ham-fistedness or incompetence.
  • Example of Saw's ham-fistedness - in one of the MANY achingly silly flashbacks, the police track the killer to his abandoned warehouse lair, the address of which is - STYGIAN STREET.
  • On its own, the story would perhaps offer nothing more than an example of the Scottish Executive's increasing tendency to ham-fistedness.
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