mailed fist


noun

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.

Nearby words

  1. mailbox,
  2. mailcatcher,
  3. mailcoach,
  4. maile,
  5. mailed,
  6. mailer,
  7. mailer, norman,
  8. mailgram,
  9. mailing,
  10. mailing list

Origin of mailed fist

First recorded in 1895–1900

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