Definition of Dead hand of the past

1. Noun. The oppressive influence of past events or decisions.

Exact synonyms: Dead Hand, Mortmain
Generic synonyms: Influence



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Lexicographical Neighbors of Dead Hand Of The Past

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dead code
dead donkey
dead donkeys
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dead duck
dead ducks
dead end
dead ends
dead fingers
dead first
dead foetus syndrome
dead furrow
dead giveaway
dead hand
dead hand of the past (current term)
dead heat
dead heats
dead horse
dead ice
dead in the water
dead key
dead keys
dead language
dead languages
dead last
dead leg
dead letter
dead letter office
dead line

Literary usage of Dead hand of the past

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1. The Teacher and His Staff: Differentiating Teaching Roles: Report of the by Thomas Charles Bridges, H Hessell Tiltman, National Commission on Teacher Education and Professional Standards (U.S.) (1909)
"Quite frankly, I am terribly afraid the dead hand of the past is going to grip this new opportunity we have for meaningful, job-centered professional ..."

2. Treaty of Peace with Germany by Germany (1918- ), Germany (1918- ) Treaties, etc. 1918-, Allied and Associated Powers (1914-1920), United States Congress Senate, Germany, etc. 1918 Treaties, June 28 Treaty with Germany, 1919 (1919)
"In other words, we have always been in the position of being governed by the living will of the present, rather than by the dead hand of the past. ..."

3. Treaty of Peace with Germany by Germany (1918- ), Germany (1918- ) Treaties, etc. 1918-, Allied and Associated Powers (1914-1920), United States Congress Senate, Germany, etc. 1918 Treaties, June 28 Treaty with Germany, 1919 (1919)
"In other words, we have always been in the position of being governed by the living will of the present, rather than by the dead hand of the past. ..."

4. The Sanitarian by Medico-Legal Society of New York (1900)
""The missionary is breaking the grip of the Dead Hand of the Past on China's throat. The missionary is showing the Chinaman that the 'Foreign Devil,' as he ..."

5. The Development of China by Kenneth Scott Latourette (1917)
"It has been extremely hard for the individual to break away from the dead hand of the past. All the pressure of the traditional moral code and of the family ..."

6. The Arena by Harry Houdini Collection (Library of Congress) (1891)
"In astronomy, in politics, in law, we demand what business the dead hand of the past has on our lip, our brain, our purse ? Why should the dead hand of an ..."

7. South Eastern Reporter by West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals, West Publishing Company, South Carolina Supreme Court (1913)
"Progress and betterment should not be denied us by the dead hand of the past. The decisions of the courts should always be in accord with the spirit of the ..."

8. The New Larned History for Ready Reference, Reading and Research: The Actual by Josephus Nelson Larned, Augustus Hunt Shearer (1922)
"It has been extremely hard for the individual to break away from the dead hand of the past. All the pressure of the traditional moral code and of the ..."

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