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in the reign of Queen Dick

dated At no point ever. (Used to show skepticism over an absurd or unbelievable story.) John: "And after a half-hour struggle, I managed to haul in a fish that weighed over 30 pounds!" Charlie: "Sure, John. That happened in the reign of Queen Dick."
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reign of terror

A period of oppression by a hostile ruler. Sometimes used hyperbolically. The people could only tolerate the dictator's reign of terror for so long before they started a revolution. Is mom finished with her reign of terror, or do we have to keep cleaning the house every weekend?
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reign supreme

To be the best or most influential thing in a particular area or era. France's fashion houses still reign supreme today. Disco music reigned supreme in the 1970s.
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give free rein to someone

 and give someone free rein
Fig. to allow someone to be completely in charge (of something). (Alludes to loosening the reins of a horse and therefore control.) The boss gave the manager free rein with the new project. The principal gave free rein to Mrs. Brown in her classes.
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reign over someone or something

to rule over someone or something. The king reigned over his subjects for over thirty years. The queen reigned over the country for along time.
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give free rein to

see under free hand.
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a reign of terror

COMMON A reign of terror is a period during which there is a lot of violence and killing, especially by people who are in positions of power. The dictator's 17-year reign of terror had ended and the people took to the streets to celebrate their freedom. His victims during a four-month reign of terror included a schoolgirl and a student. Note: The original Reign of Terror was during the French Revolution between April 1793 and July 1794, when many thousands were put to death by the government.
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reign over

1. To have authority or control over someone or something; rule over someone or something: The same family has reigned over this island for ten generations.
2. To be prevalent or predominant in some place or situation: Chaos reigned over the city during the power outage.
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The earlier half of Elizabeth's reign, also, though not lacking in literary effort, produced no work of permanent importance.
Her Majesty is sitting at the desk in her private audience room where, every Tuesday, the 89-year-old monarch has met the 12 Prime Ministers who have served during her reign.
It is part of the Long to Reign Over Us exhibition.
The Oregon Reign softball team won the 14U ASA state championship this past weekend at Wallace Marine Park Softball Complex in Salem.
But Her Maj is determined reign will not stop play and has ruled there should be "no fuss" about her momentous milestone.
WUHAN, China, March 31, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Wanda Hotels & Resorts proudly announces the grand opening of Wanda Reign Wuhan, which took place on 29 March 2014.
12 ( ANI ): Adult film actress Tasha Reign has shed light on the correct way to 'do' foreplay in the bedroom that women love and lust for.
Fashioned to Reign considers the ever-lasting deception Christians face regarding women's role and purpose: a deception fostered by evil and which is not of God's plan.
The book - which is a 465-page celebration of Her Majesty's 60-year reign - is full of images and details of the Jubilee tour, the Queen's life and events that have occurred over the past 60 years.
She is the world's longest reigning living queen and will, on September 9 2015, become the longest reigning British monarch ever when she surpasses Queen Victoria's reign of 63 years, seven months and three days, according to the GBR website.
Numbers behind the reign of Queen Elizabeth II It's been 60 years since Queen Elizabeth II became monarch of the UK, and she's marking her Diamond Jubilee year with a series of parties, pageants and even 1,000 boats sailing up the River Thames.
4 Over her reign the monarch has given regular audiences to 12 different British Prime Ministers: ?
In the twin parables of the treasure and the pearl, the Matthean Jesus is affirming the supreme value of the reign of God, and with each affirmation, all present are invited to ask themselves whether the message of the parables rings true for us.
ON Monday her Majesty, Victoria, Queen of Great Britain and Ireland, and Empress of India, completed the 50th year of her reign over the United Kingdom, having succeeded to the throne on June 20, 1837.
Mike Binder wrote and directed ``Reign Over Me,'' which takes its title from The Who song ``Love Reign O'er Me.