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iron hand

strict or harsh control:
The general governed the country with an iron hand.
Origin of iron hand
First recorded in 1840-50 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • I had never seen him lose his temper, and he governed our company with an iron hand.

    The Long Voyage Carl Richard Jacobi
  • I could have hugged both of them, but I kept an iron hand on myself.

  • You cannot do otherwise; the iron hand of destiny constrains you.

    Manasseh Maurus Jokai
  • It was time for me to show the iron hand, and I did not hesitate a second.

    The Cryptogram William Murray Graydon
  • Such a splendid fellow, with an iron hand, just what an administrator ought to be.

    Virgin Soil Ivan S. Turgenev
  • Now he has been caught up in the iron hand, and sent to battle.

  • Then he dropped as though dead, forcing down Andrew with an iron hand.

    Bob, Son of Battle Alfred Ollivant
  • The Dead Man raised his iron hand as if to dash out her brains for her temerity.

    City Crimes Greenhorn
  • Mettlich of the iron hand had held them, would continue to hold them.

    Long Live the King Mary Roberts Rinehart
British Dictionary definitions for iron hand

iron hand

harsh or rigorous control; overbearing or autocratic force: he ruled with an iron hand
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Idioms and Phrases with iron hand

iron hand

Rigorous control, as in He ruled the company with an iron hand. This usage is sometimes put asiron hand in a velvet glove, meaning “firm but seemingly gentle control,” as in She runs the town with an iron hand in a velvet glove. [ c. 1700 ]
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