One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Control or govern someone or something very strictly or harshly.
- ‘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.’
- ‘His job is to strike down the nations, ruling them 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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘I learned through gossip that she ruled her family with a rod of iron and she controlled the purse strings to her fortune.’
- ‘For now, the man who has ruled the country with a rod of iron for more than three decades can sleep relatively soundly.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘She thought it was pathetic; he was already ruling the class with a rod of iron.’
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