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Difference between Have a heavy hand and Have a light hand

have a heavy hand—be harshly oppressive; inclined to punish severely:

  • Sykes was known for having a heavy hand. Few of his employees stayed more than a year or two.

have a light handget good results handling smth.:

  • She is very reliable and she has as light a hand with pastry as anyone I ever knew.

See also: heavy in hand / heavy-handed.