dead hand


noun Law.


Nearby words

  1. dead end,
  2. dead fingers,
  3. dead firing,
  4. dead freight,
  5. dead from the neck up,
  6. dead heart,
  7. dead heat,
  8. dead horse,
  9. dead in one's tracks,
  10. dead in the water

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British Dictionary definitions for dead hand

dead hand

noun

an oppressive or discouraging influence or factorthe dead hand of centralized control
law a less common word for mortmain
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