Taut hand

(Naut.) a sailor's term for an officer who is severe in discipline.

See also: Taut

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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Proving that size isn't everything, the most enjoyable part of the night came with ensemble playing of smaller, taut hand drums closer to tambourines than cider barrels.