- ruthless, harsh, and tyrannical: an ironfisted dictator.
- stingy; tight-fisted.
Origin of ironfisted
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Examples from the Web for iron-fisted
Some Egyptians find this iron-fisted approach very appealing.Egypt Prepares to Anoint a Dictator and Call it an Election
May 21, 2014
And what does the iron-fisted Colonel say as to thee for a son-in-law?Lorimer of the Northwest
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
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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.Doctor Claudius, A True Story
F. Marion Crawford
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