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mailed fist

superior force, especially military force, when presented as a threat:
The country showed its mailed fist in negotiations.
brutal or naked power, especially coercive force:
the mailed fist hidden in the velvet glove.
Origin of mailed fist
First recorded in 1895-1900 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Why not go after what you want with the like of the mailed fist, and let it go at that?

    Criminal Types V. M. Masten
  • The mailed fist must be shown that might does not make right!

    Lafayette, We Come! Rupert S. Holland
  • It is a hard fact which must be faced, if we are not to fall beneath the "mailed fist."

    Spies of the Kaiser William Le Queux
  • I think the government should not shake the mailed fist at us.'

    In the Days of Poor Richard

    Irving Bacheller
  • And the enemy was here with mailed fist thundering at the gates!

    The Conquest of America Cleveland Moffett
  • Since that date "the mailed fist" of Europe has exacted from the Chinese a forced tolerance of European trade and missions.

  • To describe himself metaphorically as “clad in shining armor” and to shake the “mailed fist” was his constant pose.

    The Evidence in the Case James M. Beck
  • They could not understand the "mailed fist" stance implicit in the acts.

    The Road to Independence: Virginia 1763-1783 Virginia State Dept. of Education
  • "We are not here to use a mailed fist," Peter Gross remonstrated mildly.

    The Argus Pheasant John Charles Beecham
  • Incensed at this, Lancelot dealt the fellow a blow with his mailed fist that stretched him senseless on the ground.

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