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.
And my sister contributed a cushion which she had embroidered with the family crest, a mailed fist brandishing a feather.
But this approach, a helping hand, will be far more effective than a mailed fist approach.
And the mailed fist of real authority never has to be shown.