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strict or harsh control:
The general governed the country with an iron hand.
harsh or rigorous control; overbearing or autocratic force: he ruled with an iron hand
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 ]


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