dead hand

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Synonyms for dead hand

real property held inalienably (as by an ecclesiastical corporation)

the oppressive influence of past events or decisions

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By the dead hands at my throat but he shall die, Bar Comas.
The pale roses Amy gave him were the sort that the Italians lay in dead hands, never in bridal wreaths, and for a moment he wondered if the omen was for Jo or for himself, but the next instant his American common sense got the better of sentimentality, and he laughed a heartier laugh than Amy had heard since he came.
He puts the reader right in the action--in the control room during false alarm tracking of the Dead Hand and in the autopsy room while doctors discover black lesions and swollen lymph nodes that point to anthrax exposure.
Although the world is threatened when an ancient terror is unleashed, a directorial dead hand can't muster any sense of fun, fear, mystery or suspense.
We actually joked all day about taking the ring off that dead hand and putting it on Quinn," she said.
This will only happen when envious politicians take their dead hand constraints and taxes away from the throats of the keen, the young, and the enterprising.
There is an immediate and increasing need for traders and employees to be free to go about their business, released from the dead hand of directives written by our European competitors.
It seems that Scrooge's calling card was found in the cold, dead hand of Fezziwig's body, and someone scribbled "Humbug" in blood on the floor nearby.
Comedian Amy Schumer wrote and stars in Trainwreck but her charm can't overcome her own limited script or the dead hand of director Judd Apatow.
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The country needs a complete break from the dead hand of the two party system that stifles change, snuffing good will to all.
Celebrating the pioneer spirit of the self-made man, Cold Dead Hand is a choice pick for country fans.
Hollow words from someone trodding on Heston's legacy with the lyrics: "The angels wouldn't take him up to heaven like he planned cause they couldn't pry that gun from his cold dead hand.
To put it all in simpler terms: Egypt's first revolution was to get rid of the dead hand, the second revolution was to get rid of the deadheads and the third revolution was to escape from the dead end.
But in the context of a policy penchant for health workforce experimentation and ministerial decree, health professional regulation is surely a dead hand to be cut away.