dead hand

dead hand
dead hand n: mortmain

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

dead hand
The continuing control by the dead over the affairs of the living; see also mortmain

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.

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  • dead hand — noun singular LITERARY a strong harmful influence that something continues to have …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

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  • dead hand — N SING: usu the N of n You can refer to something which has a bad or depressing influence on a particular situation as a dead hand. [mainly BRIT] To promote new investment the dead hand of state control must be lifted …   English dictionary

  • dead hand — /dɛd ˈhænd/ (say ded hand) noun 1. an oppressive and retarding influence: the dead hand of the law. 2. → mortmain. 3. Obsolete Colloquial an expert at doing something …  

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