Posted by Woodchuck on April 02, 2003
In Reply to: High-handed posted by S. on April 02, 2003
: Hello, I was just hoping some one might know the etymology of the term "high-handed". Thanks in advance for any assistance.
According to Brewer's Phrase and Fable, with a high hand is from the french phrase "Faire une chose haut la main."
However, google turned up several christian sites claiming the Hebrew for 'presumptuously' is "with a high hand," meaning open rebellion.
See also - other French phrases in English.