rule with a rod of iron

Definition of rule with a rod of iron

British
: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

rule play
  1. : a prescribed guide for conduct or action

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

  3. : an accepted procedure, custom, or habit

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

  2. : to exercise control over especially by curbing or restraining

  3. : to exercise authority or power over often harshly or arbitrarily

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

  2. : osier

  3. : a stick or bundle of twigs used to punish

iron play
  1. : a silver-white malleable ductile magnetic heavy metallic element that readily rusts in moist air, occurs native in meteorites and combined in most igneous rocks, is the most used of metals, and is vital to biological processes — see Chemical Elements Table

  2. : something made of iron: such as

  3. : shackles for the hands or legs

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

  2. : resembling iron

  3. : strong and healthy : robust

  1. : to furnish or cover with iron

  2. : to shackle with irons

  3. : to smooth with or as if with a heated iron


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