lay down the law

too many parents have relinquished their right to lay down the law

Syn:
be dogmatic, be in charge (of the rules), set the rules, be domineering, be the boss, call the shots

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  • lay down the law — {v. phr.} 1. To give strict orders. * /The teacher lays down the law about homework every afternoon./ 2. To speak severely or seriously about a wrongdoing; scold. * /The principal called in the students and laid down the law to them about… …   Dictionary of American idioms


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