firm hand

*firm hand

Fig. [someone's] strong sense of management; a high degree of discipline and direction. (*Typically: exercise ~; have ~; need ~; take ~; use~.) I had to use a firm hand with Perry when he was a child. He had a problem with discipline.
See also: firm, hand
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Look, this is what I think;" and she seized the pen boldly and traced, with a firm hand, the following words: --
And she would do it, thinks the lawver, watchful of the firm hand with which she takes the pen!
Well, sir, it is young; but he is as steady as a man, and is strong, and well grown, and though he has not had much experience in driving, he has a light firm hand and a quick eye, and he is very careful, and I am quite sure no horse of his will be ruined for want of having his feet and shoes looked after.
KUWAIT, Oct 22 (KUNA) -- The Ministry of Commerce and Industry is taking it upon itself to strike with a firm hand any businesses that practice commercial fraud against consumers, said a ministry official on Wednesday.
31 ( ANI ): Union Finance Minister Palaniappan Chidambaram on Monday expressed confidence that he will be able to pass the baton to a firm hand.
In changing the charter, we will make sure that all collegial bodies really were thus [collegial], so that we have more democracy, so that no one has any reason to believe that someone makes decisions behind closed doors and then implements them with a firm hand in reality," Mironov stated on the party's website.
Firm hand at the controls throughout OPTA'S BIG-MATCH FACTS Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge have netted a dozen goals between them from the nine PL games that they have started along each other Dwight Gayle halted Palace's run of 346 minutes without netting a PL goal Steven Gerrard's 99th PL strike was his fourth successful penalty on the trot
She said her son had a doctor's appointment to discuss his suspected ADHD in December and added: "She (the headteacher) told me what he needs was a firm hand.
The Indian government has once again acted with a firm hand, albeit in secrecy, by carrying out the death sentence of the parliament attack convict, Afzal Guru.
We need to take a firm hand when dealing with wisteria and our Banksian rose.
You may remember him, the larger-than-life CEO of Swansea's largest call centre who runs his 600 staff with a firm hand, but has a broad sense of humour.
Judge Perry kept a firm hand on the conduct of the lawyers while modeling the very best qualities of a judge despite the intense spotlight.
You are young, energetic, and you act with a firm hand.
So what is required to handle them is a firm hand to arrest them, bring them to the courts and convict them of terror acts.
A lapse in the Bangor defence saw Lewis break through one-on-one, Cudworth was unable to get a firm hand on Lewis's poor attempt and the ball spilt out kindly to Rose, who tapped in to seal it.