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Lay down the law


Authoritarian enforcement. Explain and strictly enforce the rules. The fact that the law is ‘laid down’ is a stern reminder by those in authority. Typically used for children, students, soldiers or employees who have not been following the rules and regulations. (Compare to Heavy-handed or Line in the sand.)

“My teenage son stays out late every night but things will change because I’m going to lay down the law on our house rules.”


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