Exercising power in an oppressive or controlling way: an iron-fisted leader intolerant of opposing political views decades of iron-fisted rule See also an iron hand in a velvet glove.
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- Binoche - who's made a brilliant career out of playing tragic, porcelain women in the past - is refreshingly iron-fisted this time around.
- The government is relaxing its iron-fisted control of the economy.
- The play also centres on an iron-fisted leader intolerant of opposing political views.
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