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iron hand (or fist)

Definition of iron hand or fist in English:

Used to refer to firmness or ruthlessness of attitude or behavior: Fascism’s iron hand
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  • He also ruled with an iron fist and was such a tyrant as had never risen before among the Zulu.
  • Large, corrupt and archaic, they had ruled Austria with an iron hand, buying political support by handing out jobs and lucrative contracts and acting in an unashamedly self - serving way.
  • Suharto was ruling Indonesia with an iron hand.
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