mailed fist


mailed fist
noun
Etymology: translation of German gepanzerte faust
: armed or overbearing force : power, violence

this was my first experience with a mailed fist clothed in the kid glove — G.B.Oxnam

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1. superior force, esp. military force, when presented as a threat: The country showed its mailed fist in negotiations.
2. brutal or naked power, esp. coercive force: the mailed fist hidden in the velvet glove.
[1895-1900]

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mailed fist noun (figurative)
Physical or military force
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Main Entry:mail

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mailed fist,
force of arms; military power: »

The massive helms are symbolic of the knight's dauntless courage, as the mailed fist is of his might (Time).

mailed´-fist´, adjective.

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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