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HIGH. This word has various significations: 1. Principal or chief, as high constable, high sheriff. 2. Prominent, in a bad sense, as high treason. 3. Open, not confined, as high seas.

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In the same breath, the laws and regulations should not be punitive and high-handed and reached without the relevant consultations, because individuals have invested resources to have the companies up and running.It only makes sense for both the government and the betting companies to once again consult and reach a middle ground.
'I am very disappointed that they didn't actually ask for my clarification before going ahead with such high-handed manner in trying to get me badly,' having questioned in the video why she would even kidnap Anis.
In that episode, the members of the Sanhedrin rose up against the Nasi or prince, the high-handed Gamliel, and appointed the 18-year-old prodigy Elazar in his place.
The act will go down in history as yet another example of the high-handed disposition and ruptured credibility of the US government, given that Blackwater was under contract with the State Department.
It is dangerous if the so-called doctor has a high-handed unapproachable attitude, an air of confidence and, worse still, has no clue of what he or she is doing.
It is these high-handed parking attendants that are forcing people to prefer out-of-town shopping centres.
Worse still was the high-handed level of no information on relevant webs, poor advice and no one on hand to help as people juggled with the dilemma of travelling via the West Coast route to get anywhere 'north' or head north via Manchester/Leeds/ York where fortunately a delayed train hoved into view as the last chance to reach Newcastle.
Another case was that of George Newby, a man accused of "high-handed contempt for God's word; reproaches of the minister and profane neglect of God's public worship on the Lord's day, and high-handed debauching." Newby's sentence "was that he should receive 20 stripes on his naked body and give bonds of 20 pounds for his appearance at court in Cambridge."
She said CM Mamata Banerjee was not speaking with farmers and her approach was high-handed.
I was a member of Plaid Cymru for 37 years, although for the past four or five years I have been a member of Llais Gwynedd, a political party formed to oppose the high-handed way the Plaid Cymru group on Gwynedd Council is acting.
They cannot, under the garb of security, be high-handed with people, especially children", Khan said.
"We deplore this high-handed approach and we want our police stations to be an active part of community policing, not isolated bunkers.