iron hand definition by Webster's New World
firm, rigorous, severe control
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- ironhanded adjective
iron hand definition by American Heritage Dictionary
nounThe American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th edition Copyright © 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
Rigorous or despotic control.
- iˈron·handˈed adjective
- iˈron·handˈed·ness noun
iron hand - Phrases/Idioms
Rigorous control, as in He ruled the company with an iron hand. This usage is sometimes put as iron hand in a velvet glove, meaning “firm but seemingly gentle control,” as in She runs the town with an iron hand in a velvet glove. [c. 1700]