mailed fist

mailed fist

n.
The threat of military force.

mailed′ fist′


n.
coercive force or the threat of such force.
Translations

mailed fist

[ˌmeɪldˈfɪst] N the mailed fistla mano dura
References in classic literature ?
The tempest struck her in the stern as with a mailed fist and stood the great ship upon her nose, and then it caught her and spun her as a child's top spins; and upon the palace roof the twelve men looked on in silent helplessness and prayed for the souls of the brave warriors who were going to their death.
And then Norman of Torn took the man by the neck with one powerful hand, and, despite his struggles, and the beating of his mailed fists, bent him back upon the table, and there, forcing his teeth apart with the point of his sword, Norman of Torn rammed the King's message down the knight's throat; wax, parchment and all.
Germany's representatives have thrown off the mailed fist and signed with naked, sensitive fingers the terms of armistice.
There is the mailed fist approach that has at its core the 'must do more' mantra, and the 'you are our ally and we must work together' narrative coming in on a separate channel.
For the women of Pilipina, a sisterhood of 'perennials' and 'millennials' who are 'sworn to battle mailed fist and male tyranny,' their place in this confrontation and interpretation of history is clear.
But occupation forces were an ongoing requirement as the mailed fist of pacification and its requisite American troops remained abroad for years.
But the mailed fist is still in Mrs May's dainty glove.
Germany's political system gave the kaiser control of its legislative bodies, so he shook his "mailed fist" at Europe and said, "Germany must be supreme on land and on the sea."
But instead of the mailed fist, which is there, she builds her case with velvet gloves.
We are an anarchic, Tatar people, recognizing only the superiority of physical strength, of the armed force, of the mailed fist, of the whip!
But it also keeps in reserve its mailed fist. It has influence with Egyptian masses, in part, because it is known to use terror against its opponents.
Labor is a mailed fist in the velvet glove of the non-violence movement, there when mental and physical courage is needed to face up to armed oppressors.