British, American 1. lacking skill with the hands.

I hoped you weren't watching my ham-fisted attempts to get the cake out of the tin. (British, American)

2. lacking skill in the way that you deal with people.

The report criticizes the ham-fisted way in which complaints are dealt with.

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  • ham-fisted — ham handed ham handedadj. not skillful in physical movement especially with the hands; clumsy; bungling; also used metaphorically of actions; as, ham handed governmental interference. Syn: bumbling, bungling, butterfingered, handless, heavy… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • ham-fisted — ham fist|ed [ˌhæm ˈfıstıd] adj also .ham handed informal 1.) not at all skilful or careful in the way that you deal with people = ↑inept ▪ They made several ham fisted attempts to spy on her. 2.) not at all skilful with your hands = ↑clumsy …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • ham-fisted — ► ADJECTIVE informal ▪ clumsy; awkward …   English terms dictionary

  • ham-fisted — adj. colloq. clumsy, heavy handed, bungling. Derivatives: ham fistedly adv. ham fistedness n. * * * ˌham ˈfisted f18 [ham fisted] (NAmE also ˈham handed) adjective (informal) …   Useful english dictionary

  • Ham Fisted — Infobox Album | Name = Ham Fisted Type = Album Artist = Local H Released = January 24, 1995 Recorded = 1995 Genre = Alternative rock Length = 47:52 Label = Island Records Producer = Steve Haigler Reviews = *Allmusic (2/5)… …   Wikipedia

  • ham-fisted — ADJ GRADED If you describe someone as ham fisted, you mean that they are clumsy, especially in the way that they use their hands. They can all be made in minutes by even the most ham fisted of cooks …   English dictionary

  • ham-fisted — also ham handed adjective informal 1 not at all skilful with your hands; clumsy (1) 2 not at all skilful or careful in the way that you deal with people: the government s ham fisted approach towards the disabled ham fistedly, ham handedly adverb …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • ham-fisted — ham fist·ed (hămʹfĭs tĭd) adj. Ham handed. * * * …   Universalium

  • ham-fisted — ham′ fist ed adj. ham handed • Etymology: 1925–30 …   From formal English to slang

  • ham-fisted — ham fist|ed [ ,hæm fıstəd ] adjective INFORMAL not careful or gentle enough …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

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