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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.
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stingy or niggardlycruel and unyielding
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(ˈaɪ ərnˈfɪs tɪd)

ruthless and tyrannical.
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"Greece, but also Spain and Portugal have to understand," the German tabloid Bild stated, "that hard work--meaning ironfisted money-saving--comes before the siesta." (19) Suffice it to say that Greeks work longer hours than workers in most advanced economies (more than 2,042 hours annually, compared with 1,790 in the United States and 1,457 in Denmark).
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