rule with a rod of iron

Definition of rule with a rod of iron

British

  1. :  to rule a country, area, group, etc., in a very strict and often cruel way The dictator ruled (the country) with a rod of iron.

Word by Word Definitions

ruleplay
  1. :  a prescribed guide for conduct or action

    :  the laws or regulations prescribed by the founder of a religious order for observance by its members

    :  an accepted procedure, custom, or habit

  1. :  to exert control, direction, or influence on

    :  to exercise control over especially by curbing or restraining

    :  to exercise authority or power over often harshly or arbitrarily

  1. :  a straight slender stick growing on or cut from a tree or bush

    :  osier

    :  a stick or bundle of twigs used to punish

ironplay
  1. :  something made of iron: such as

    :  shackles for the hands or legs

    :  a heated metal implement used for branding or cauterizing

  1. :  of, relating to, or made of iron

    :  resembling iron

    :  strong and healthy :  robust

  1. :  to furnish or cover with iron

    :  to shackle with irons

    :  to smooth with or as if with a heated iron


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