rule with an iron fist/hand

Definition of rule with an iron fist/hand

chiefly US
:to rule a country, area, group, etc., in a very strict and often cruel way
  • The dictator ruled (the country) with an iron fist.

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

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

fist play
  1. : the hand clenched with the fingers doubled into the palm and the thumb doubled inward across the fingers

  2. : the hand closed as in grasping : clutch

  3. : index

  1. : to grip with the fist : handle

  2. : to clench into a fist

hand play
  1. : the terminal part of the vertebrate forelimb when modified (as in humans) as a grasping organ : the body part at the end of the arm of a human, ape, or monkey

  2. : the forelimb segment (such as the terminal section of a bird's wing) of a vertebrate higher than the fishes that corresponds to the hand irrespective of its form or functional specialization

  3. : a part serving the function of or resembling a hand: such as

  1. : with the hands rather than by machine

  1. : to touch or manage with the hands

  2. : furl

  3. : to lead, guide, or assist with the hand


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