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English definition of “lay down the law”

lay down the law

informal
to forcefully make known what you think should happen: She can't just come into this office and start laying down the law.Giving orders and commands
(Definition of lay down the law from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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