Idiom: Mailed fist
Meaning: Someone who rules or controls something with a mailed fist is in absolute control and tolerates no dissent. A mailed fist in a velvet glove is used to describe someone who appears soft on the outside, but underneath is very hard. 'Iron fist' is an alternative form.Country: International English | Subject Area: War, weapons and conflict | Usage Type: Both or All Words Used
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