One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
The use of physical force to maintain control.‘the country's leadership has shown its continued reliance on the mailed fist’
- ‘Those original six are represented on the squadron's badge - the mailed fist apparently symbolises the first CO Lt Cdr R.F. Walker (apparent a ‘robust’ individual) and five clouds stand in for those five pilots.’
- ‘Soft talk or big stick, carrot and stick, accept the velvet glove or face the mailed fist.’
- ‘Inside the velvet glove is always the mailed fist.’
- ‘The balance of the country's history - before and after independence - is overwhelmingly weighted in favour of the mailed fist rather than the velvet glove.’
- ‘In 1992, the squadron's insignia was officially changed from the Green Pawn to the mailed fist and lighting bolt previously used by Attack Squadron 176.’
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