mailed-fist

mailed fist

noun
1.
superior force, especially military force, when presented as a threat: The country showed its mailed fist in negotiations.
2.
brutal or naked power, especially coercive force: the mailed fist hidden in the velvet glove.

Origin:
1895–1900

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