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A.Word.A.Daywith Anu Garg
adjective: Clumsy; tactless; lacking social grace.
From ham + hand. It’s the same ham (one who overacts), apparently from the minstrel song, “The Hamfat Man”. Earliest documented use: 1918.
“There was a certain thrill, a challenge in taking an ordinary man who was ham-handed with compliments and possessed of two left feet, and turn him into something sublime.”
Bronwyn Scott; A Lady Seduces; Harlequin; 2013.
See more usage examples of ham-handed in Vocabulary.com’s dictionary.
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