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dead hand

noun, Law.
1.
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  • It is the dead hand that holds imprisoned within the obscenity laws all direct information concerning birth control.
  • But such events are not enough to dislodge the dead hand of history.
  • As a solution, he proposes more democracy, which is then described as more influence of the dead hand of the national level.
  • In a genuinely free market, without the dead hand of government interference, it's a self-correcting problem.
  • But the business of childhood proceeded, even under the dead hand of communists.
  • But there are still those who hold onto the dead hand of the past, and they refuse to concede defeat.
  • If a player bets but announces a fold, the player has a dead hand.
  • And he had the pouch with him, and he had a grenade pouch on his belt, and he had this fragmentation grenade in his dead hand.
  • If both hole cards are dealt up, you have a dead hand and receive your ante back.
British Dictionary definitions for dead hand

dead hand

noun
1.
an oppressive or discouraging influence or factor: the dead hand of centralized control
2.
(law) a less common word for mortmain
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