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iron fist

Rigorous or despotic control: ruled the nation with an iron fist.

i′ron·fist′ed (ī′ərn-fĭs′tĭd) adj.


stingy or niggardlycruel and unyielding


(ˈaɪ ərnˈfɪs tɪd)

ruthless and tyrannical.
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