rule with an iron fist/hand

Definition of rule with an iron fist/hand

chiefly US

  1. :  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

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

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

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

    :  the hand closed as in grasping :  clutch

    :  index

  1. :  to grip with the fist :  handle

    :  to clench into a fist

handplay
  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

    :  the forelimb segment (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

    :  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

    :  to deal with

    :  furl


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