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ironhanded

[ ahy-ern-han-did ]
/ 藞a瑟 蓹rn藞h忙n d瑟d /
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adjective
having or governing with an iron hand; strict, harsh, or autocratic: The new boss turned out to be an arrogant, ironhanded tyrant.
adverb
with an iron hand: What makes a politician great is not the ability to rule ironhanded, but an understanding of people and the changing times.
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Origin of ironhanded

First recorded in 1760鈥70; iron + handed

OTHER WORDS FROM ironhanded

i路ron路hand路ed路ly, adverbi路ron路hand路ed路ness, noun
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