Definition of iron-fisted in English:


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(also iron-handed)


  • 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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    • Military coup after military coup toppled government after government before the current iron-fisted regime figured out how to hold it together.
    • As he tries to maintain an iron-fisted grip on his country, he's faced with a youthful, Western-looking movement that is gaining international attention and support.
    • Nations under the iron-handed control of dictators have been getting ever closer to being able to produce their own nukes.

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