Definition of ham-fisted in English:

ham-fisted

adjective

  • another term for ham-handed
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Its ham-fisted attempts to modernise the service plunged the post office network into crisis.’
    • ‘Manufacturers, pubs and bars are eager to head off what one industry insider said could become ‘some ham-fisted attempt to clamp down’.’
    • ‘But the attempts were ham-fisted, to say the least.’
    • ‘It was a ham-fisted attempt which was doomed to failure.’
    • ‘There's something endearingly gauche and ham-fisted about the way in which this tune a-l-m-o-s-t succeeds as a Stock Aitken Waterman soundalike, but ultimately just falls short.’
    • ‘But the move was seen by opposition critics as a ham-fisted attempt to have his cake and eat it.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Putting it explicitly in the script is ham-fisted and breaks the butterfly of imagination on the wheel of obtuse sarkiness.’
    • ‘It's sort of like watching Leo X's inept and ham-fisted dealings with Martin Luther.’
    • ‘Tuesday's leader column described this proposal as ‘a ham-fisted attempt at social engineering’, and it is true that the council might have seen this one coming.’
    • ‘Anyone familiar with my previous ham-fisted attempts to establish myself as a domestic goddess will find this new urge more laughable than laudable.’
    • ‘There are other indications that the plot - which has been widely portrayed as a ham-fisted attempt by a band of mercenaries to seize power in an oil-rich state - had wider backing.’
    • ‘I have stood on the shed and waved my arms about the place making ham-fisted attempts at semaphore.’
    • ‘The Slovakians' ability to pass the ball around a pitch that was hardly conducive to an expansive approach embarrassed the ham-fisted attempts of Eriksson's men to mimic their hosts' fluency and rhythm.’
    • ‘My subject-matter is to be strangled at birth before my ham-fisted attempts to bring my feeble story to life are even completed.’
    • ‘Despite my ham-fisted attempts, under Rosemary's instruction my bread emerged perfect from the oven.’
    • ‘This is what separates the professional from us ham-fisted beer guzzling amateurs.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Were it otherwise, it would remain at best a ham-fisted attempt to to ‘objectify’ the unalterably subjective.’
    clumsy, bungling, incompetent, amateurish, inept, unskilful, inexpert, maladroit, gauche, awkward, inefficient, bumbling, useless, unhandy
    cack-handed, butterfingered, ham-handed
    all thumbs, all fingers and thumbs
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