What does lay down the law mean?

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  1. To promulgate law.
  2. (law, dated) To present the law that applies to a given case.
  3. (idiomatic) To authoritatively or dogmatically assert what is permitted or not permitted.
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Lay down the law on all of this and you risk wading into a swamp of disputes about context and ownership.
Can the churches lay down the law for those outside its banner where they are in the minority?
With such strong words, it's no wonder that the mascot on the group's website is a mischievous little pug dog who's ready to lay down the law.
If even the greatest writers are not bound by the rules and we have no academy to lay down the law, who is to decide what is acceptable and what is not?
While the details of the proceedings were not made public, there is no doubt that Bolton attempted to lay down the law.
She'll lay down the law on headline issues and take your calls.

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