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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.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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Rand was famously opinionated high-handedly dismissive of those who disagreed with her and according to her critics frequently self-contradictory and not always well informed.
Ali Abdullah Saleh was the man who high-handedly orchestrated much of recent Yemeni politics.
Japan, traditionally Myanmar's largest source of foreign aid, urged the junta not to ''high-handedly resort to violence.''
Those TV chiefs who have high-handedly dismissed the scandal as a passing media storm are as stupid as they are arrogant.
'No decision was made high-handedly. The cost of living has gone up and it is at least five or ten years since the sum was increased.