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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]
See also: hand, iron

an iron ˈfist/ˈhand (in a velvet ˈglove)

harsh treatment of somebody that is hidden behind a gentle manner: The president ruled his country by using an iron fist in a velvet glove.
See also: fist, hand, iron
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DPO Saleem Khan Marwat also directed action against under-age drivers and said that those who are driving without helmets would be dealt with iron hand.
CPO Israr Ahmed Khan said that ban on kite flying is strictly implemented and the violators would be dealt with iron hand.
In an address during the Haj, the mufti called on fellow Islamic leaders to "hit with an iron hand the enemies of Islam".
The resolution demanded of law enforcers to deal with Taliban terrorists with iron hand and eliminate them.
We will handle this with an iron hand," Narayanasamy told reporters here.
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At all these conferences the iron hand of the UN ideologues has been more and more apparent.
Terrorists challenging the writ of the government should be dealt with iron hand, he demanded.
ISLAMABAD -- While expressing grave concern over the rise in incidents of sectarian violence in the country the Federal Interior Minister, Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan on Saturday directed the law enforcement agencies that all acts of violence should be dealt with an iron hand adding that all segments of religious opinion should be taken on board in a proactive and positive manner.
He said the extremists would be dealt with an iron hand.
Royle, 49, displayed his iron hand again this week when he stripped Jamie Pollock of the club captaincy because of his disciplinary problems.
But he did not spare the Romanov dynasty, whose members could rule Russia with an iron hand and scant regard for the lives of their subjects.
After hearing the complaints of women, the Badar asked the concerned officers/officials to deal the middle man with an iron hand who tends to exploit the uneducated poor beneficiaries during the withdrawal process.