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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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In the literature of fine art also the new beginning was made during the reign of Henry VIII.
The earlier half of Elizabeth's reign, also, though not lacking in literary effort, produced no work of permanent importance.
Teaching final day of a 3 day "Acting Intensive" for WWE Superstar Roman Reigns.
60 Only three heads of state have celebrated diamond jubilee reigns during the Queen's tenure.
New York-based Cushman & Wakefield and White Plains, New York-based Reigns Capital Ltd.
The texts for the first three Sundays in Advent include links to such events of public consequence as the Roman destruction of the temple (Advent 1:Lk 19:28-40, 21:21-25), and the beginning of John's preaching is synchronized with the reigns of Tiberius, Pontius Pilate, the Herods, and the High Priest Caiaphas (Advent 2: Lk 3:1-6), stopping just short of Luke's account of the palace intrigue that caused John's imprisonment (Advent 3: Lk 3:7-18, 19-20).
In this vivid guide containing more than 300 images, archaeologist Clayton details the reigns of nearly 200 pharaohs, including Amenhotep, Ramses the Great, Tutankhamen, and Cleopatra.
There's no imagination in the time-bending plot, either, with the exception of a brief stopover in an alternate reality where Frost reigns supreme as Christmas' head honcho.
The second, which makes up the bulk of the text, has nine chapters which follow a chronological approach and look at the reigns of Henry III, Edward I, Edward II and Edward III, the conquest of Wales, the wars with Scotland and France, and the armies of Edward III, an interesting chapter that shows how vital an understanding of armies is to the overall picture.
When through treachery Ragnar becomes the new Jarl, she reigns with an icy hand, using her sorcery to control the people of the Jarlshold through fear, even sending her only son Karl into exile in the north.
Not all the popes with 20-year reigns were modern, however.
This worthwhile goal will keep us involved as Ralph Feck and Terry Gallagher take over the reigns next year as leaders of PIMA.
While this book purports to cover the reigns of all kings from Henry II (1547-49), the main focus is on Henry III (1574-89).
com/1516016/wwe-stone-cold-steve-austin-vs-roman-reigns-at-wrestlemania-31/) Wrestling news site, Inquisitor reports that an Austin and Reigns match is being eyed due to the recent prominence of Austin and in an effort to put back into prominence the injured Reigns.