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iron hand

Rigorous or despotic control.

i′ron·hand′ed (ī′ərn-hăn′dĭd) adj.
i′ron·hand′ed·ness n.


controlling or ruling harshly or despotically
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However, the allegations that policemen played a role in creating violence has raised suspicions on whether the administration fuelled the violence to justify its ironhanded action to quell the protest that had acquired the 'Tamil pride' flavour.
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O'Connor's tribe of morons, backwoods prophets, razor-tongued children, ironhanded widows, and ugly-spirited intellectuals, then, is depicted in a manner that does not elicit our sympathy or compassion.