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rule with an iron fist

To rule, govern, or control a group or population with complete, typically tyrannical authority over all aspects of life, work, etc. A noun or pronoun can be used between "rule" and "with." He rules with an iron fist, and moves swiftly to gain control over any entity that is not already in his grasp. She has ruled this company with an iron fist for three decades, and it's going to be difficult for her to let go of control.
See also: fist, iron, rule
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

rule with an iron fist

Fig. to rule in a very stern manner. The dictator ruled with an iron fist and terrified the citizens. My boss rules with an iron fist. I'm looking for a new job.
See also: fist, iron, rule
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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England's chief inspector Sir Michael Wilshaw has been in post a little more than two years and has already developed a reputation for ruling with an iron fist. But while his crackdown on schools is considered punitive by some, there is evidence of a surge in England's schools.