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  1. ruthless, harsh, and tyrannical: an ironfisted dictator.
  2. stingy; tight-fisted.
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Origin of ironfisted

First recorded in 1850–55; iron + fist1 + -ed3
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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  • And what does the iron-fisted Colonel say as to thee for a son-in-law?

  • Haggarty, the iron-fisted cant-hook man, who had drawn Kent pay for years, took up the matter in the bunk-house that night.

    The Boss of Wind River

    David Goodger (goodger@python.org)

  • But they paid no attention––which showed that there was something they feared more even than the iron-fisted Chief.

    In the Morning of Time

    Charles G. D. Roberts

  • Time, the iron-fisted Nihilist, will knock them all down some day and bid mankind begin anew.

  • I understood that if I cut it out and went up there and let that iron-fisted Irishman slam me around, that I'd come out all right.

    The Danger Mark

    Robert W. Chambers