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  • adj. Alternative spelling of iron-fisted.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Closefisted; stingy; mean.
  • adj. Ruthless; tyrranical; allowing no opposition.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Close-fisted; covetous.


Sorry, no etymologies found.


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  • Mrs. Tremain, the ironfisted matriarch of the wealthiest family in New Chicago, marched inside on a cloud of expensive perfume.

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  • The U.S. helping hand no longer heals the "needy people" of Ethiopia; regrettably, it has become the brass knuckle of ironfisted dictators.

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  • At Friday prayers, Moulvi Mohammed Farooq often criticized India's ironfisted administration of the I predominantly Muslim state.

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  • Right now, she needs to be an ironfisted boss - it's how she's able to cope with her son's illness.

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  • The underlying sentiment, though, is that Taiwanese do not feel that they have any unfinished business with the Japanese in the same way that they do with the early KMT marauders; that the Japanese for all of their ironfisted control did not exhibit the same sense of wanton cruelty that was so characteristic of the post-WWII governance by the KMT.

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  • She struggled and twisted, trying to escape her attackers ironfisted grasp.

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  • Stoller considers the episode typical of UnitedHealth's attitude of putting profit before medical care and trimming coverage without warning -- a view shared by other physicians who see the insurer as ironfisted in reimbursement and largely absent in communicating with doctors.

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  • But while all this was happening, curiously little was heard from the ironfisted Soviet leader.

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  • By midday Monday, it seemed clear that the rapid progress of the Libyan rebels, which took them deep into Tripoli on Sunday, had all but closed out the 42-year ironfisted Gaddafi regime.

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