Definition of rule with a rod of iron in English:

rule with a rod of iron

phrase

  • Control or govern very strictly or harshly.

    ‘she ruled their lives with a rod of iron’
    • ‘He led the country to its independence from France in 1960 and then ruled the country with a rod of iron until his death in 1993.’
    • ‘His job is to strike down the nations, ruling them with a rod of iron.’
    • ‘For now, the man who has ruled the country with a rod of iron for more than three decades can sleep relatively soundly.’
    • ‘The prosecution claims that he was a father of very strong tradition who ruled his home with a rod of iron.’
    • ‘Smith ruled his men with a rod of iron, and as long as he was alive Hepple was safe.’
    • ‘I learned through gossip that she ruled her family with a rod of iron and she controlled the purse strings to her fortune.’
    • ‘As the hospital counterpart of the mistress of the household, she might rule her own domain with a rod of iron, but always deferred to father.’
    • ‘A good overcoat roller in a company need never thirst, in fact he could, if he liked, rule his comrades with a rod of iron.’
    • ‘She thought it was pathetic; he was already ruling the class with a rod of iron.’
    • ‘What was not spelt out, was the importance of another Scots tradition, the ‘dominie’, or head teacher, who formed the ethos of the school and usually ruled it with a rod of iron.’