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iron fist

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n iron fist rigorous or ruthless control "she rules the office with an iron fist","it takes an iron fist to contain the dissenting factions"
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Idioms

Iron fist - Someone who rules or controls something with an iron fist is in absolute control and tolerates no dissent. An iron fist in a velvet glove is used to describe someone who appears soft on the outside, but underneath is very hard. 'Mailed fist' is an alternative form.
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Usage

In literature:

The blind man clung close to me, holding me in one iron fist and leaning almost more of his weight on me than I could carry.
"Treasure Island" by Robert Louis Stevenson
Well, I tell ye this yer fist has got as hard as iron knocking down niggers.
"The World's Greatest Books, Vol VIII" by Arthur Mee and J.A. Hammerton, Eds.
Henry ruled with an iron fist.
"Our Legal Heritage, 5th Ed." by S. A. Reilly
The superintendent, sir, gave him a blow between the eyes, with a fist that was hard as iron.
"Aunt Phillis's Cabin" by Mary H. Eastman
Over them, like a black and threatening cloud, was the clenched, blood-wet iron fist.
"Tom Slade with the Boys Over There" by Percy K. Fitzhugh
Anthony Cleigh's iron-gray head towering above a whirlwind of fists and forearms!
"The Pagan Madonna" by Harold MacGrath
The blind man clung close to me, holding me in one iron fist, and leaning almost more of his weight on me than I could carry.
"Treasure Island" by Robert Louis Stevenson
I needed you because I needed an iron fist, but I needed it to use judiciously.
"Empire" by Clifford Donald Simak
Already the alarm was raised in the room behind me, and men were beating with their fists upon the iron door.
"The House Under the Sea" by Sir Max Pemberton
Jim was carried home and ever after he bore upon his chin a scar that was the record of the final knockout from the teamster's iron fist.
"The Preacher of Cedar Mountain" by Ernest Thompson Seton
Hoeflinger looked surprised at Victor who was still sitting on the iron step, his fists on his knees.
"The German Classics of the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries" by Various
Life is harsh, life is iron-fisted and if you don't keep your guard up you're going to get socked in the kisser.
"The House from Nowhere" by Arthur G. Stangland
An iron fist swept from nowhere to crash full against the point of his chin.
"The Return of Tharn" by Howard Carleton Browne
His fists were like iron.
"Iolanthe's Wedding" by Hermann Sudermann
His brother's iron fist is planted upon his chest.
"The Silent Mill" by Hermann Sudermann
He was an iron-fisted old-timer and hated McCane.
"The Boss of Wind River" by A. M. Chisholm
Bismarck is shaking his iron fist.
"The History of the Nineteenth Century in Caricature" by Arthur Bartlett Maurice
The Iron Boy's fist smote the stoker a powerful blow in the face.
"The Iron Boys on the Ore Boats" by James R. Mears
And I knew then what they meant by the Iron Fist.
"Behind the Scenes in Warring Germany" by Edward Lyell Fox
The English lad hit right and left with iron fists and Dick tried to parry the blows, weak from his long marches and fasting.
"Boys and Girls of Colonial Days" by Carolyn Sherwin Bailey
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In poetry:

I shall not rattle with an iron fist
The relics, scattered into sticks of chalk,
Of what was once the carcass of a hawk
That sat like Wrath on an archangel's wrist.
"The Golden Corpse" by Stephen Vincent Benet
My heels on the stone ground iron,
My fists on the bolts clashed steel;--
In the hall, the roar of the torrent,
In the turret, the thunder's peal;--
And I found her there in the turret
Alone by her spinning-wheel.
"Elphin" by Madison Julius Cawein

In news:

RZA directs and stars in Universal's actioner 'The Man With the Iron Fists'.
Wu-Tang Clan mastermind RZA's martial arts film The Man With the Iron Fists doesn't hit theaters until November 2, but the soundtrack comes out today in a cocktail of formats.
For years El Salvador battled gangs with prison sentences and an iron fist.
Jordan to Use 'Iron Fist ' Against Fuel Rioters, General Says.
On Thursday, October 25 at 8 pm Tijuana-based electronica artists Nortec Collective perform a live, self-styled version of the Iron Fist soundtrack during the screening by "blending traditional Mexican music with contemporary beats".
Iron Fists' spills lots of blood, guts .
"The Man With the Iron Fists" may just be one of the best bad movies ever.
The moment the opening credits for "The Man with the Iron Fists" start to roll, you can tell exactly what kind of movie it is.
Andre Morgan and Peter Lam are producing the project, which is prepping for a shoot in China next year and will take RZA back to the country where he shot Iron Fists.
Man With the Iron Fists' is kung-fu confusion.
This image released by Universal Pictures shows actor-director RZA in a scene from "The Man With the Iron Fists".
The Man With the Iron Fists is an exact replica of 1970s kung-fu pictures, right down to the jerky stunts, wooden dialogue and overenthusiastic music.
RZA STARS in "The Man With the Iron Fists," an action-adventure inspired by Kung-Fu classics as interpreted by Quentin Tarantino's longtime collaborators RZA and Eli Roth.
Russell Crowe in "The Man With the Iron Fists".
A scene from "The Man With the Iron Fists," directed by the RZA and written and produced by Eli Roth ( Universal Pictures ).
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