iron hand


Definition of iron hand

: stern or rigorous control ruled with an iron hand

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Other Words from iron hand

ironhanded \ ˈī(-​ə)rn-​ˈhan-​dəd How to pronounce ironhanded (audio) \ adjective

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With college basketball now at a similar crossroads, the NCAA called on a commission, not an iron hand. Zach Osterman, Indianapolis Star, "Insider: Does college basketball want the change it says it seeks?," 25 Apr. 2018 The Assad family ruled the country with an iron hand but largely abided by a de facto ceasefire with Israel, preferring that its terrorist allies do the direct fighting. Neri Zilber, Vox, "Israel and Iran’s escalating shadow war in Syria, explained," 25 Apr. 2018 Despite the government’s iron hand, street crime is surging. Washington Post, "Venezuela’s solution to a collapsing economy and rampant violence: Woo tourists," 12 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of iron hand

circa 1570, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of iron hand was circa 1570

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appealing forcibly to the mind or reason

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