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gentle giant

Someone who is very large and strong but has a quiet and gentle nature. At first, I was afraid of the big, burly man covered in tattoos, but when I saw him rescue that kitten from the tree, I realized he was just a gentle giant.
See also: gentle, giant

be as gentle as a lamb

To be pleasant, caring, and calm. My rambunctious son is as gentle as a lamb with our cat. Mr. Stewart may seem crotchety, but he's as gentle as a lamb—he's actually helped me carry my groceries many times.
See also: gentle, lamb

*gentle as a lamb

Cliché [of someone] very gentle. (*Also: as ~.) Don't be afraid of Mr. Schaeffer. He may look fierce, but he's as gentle as a lamb. Lisa was gentle as a lamb when dealing with children.
See also: gentle, lamb

gentle as a lamb

If someone is as gentle as a lamb, they are very kind and never become angry or aggressive. Brian was as gentle as a lamb and wouldn't hurt anyone. Verdy was as gentle as a lamb off the field but a raging lion on it.
See also: gentle, lamb
References in classic literature ?
I do not think he was any gentler here, less selfish or less brutal, but the circumstances were more favourable.
As far away as he could see that mule and that priest, the poor victim's visage grew gentler.
From the very moment when the dark truth was revealed to him, every gentler feeling seemed to disappear; pity, kindness of consideration, the religion of hospitality, all were forgotten.
He liked the look of her immensely, not so much her beauty, but her largeness and simplicity, which made her stand out from the rest like a great stone woman, and he passed on in a gentler mood.
All the deepest fibres of the mother's memory were stirred, and the young man whose voice took a gentler tone when he spoke to her, was one with the babe whom she had loved, with a love new to her, before he was born.
So well did he love them, that the four boys from the beginning he forbade from seeing him WORK, and planned gentler careers for them.
The bank favors a kinder, gentler approach to people and their needs.
A kinder, gentler, understaffed IRS is conducting 30 percent fewer audits these days as well, according to a recent study, but audits usually lag three or four years, Shanks said.
Thanks to the new smart display, the tablet automatically adjusts the images and text on the screen to the ambient light, making it gentler on users' eyes in all its model," Lenovo said.
Jake Bugg Country Song ONE of the best new singer-songwriters on the block creates a gentler sound on his latest single.
It is thought that gentler men are seen as good providers and so a better bet for riding out the economic storm.
Snow White: A new kinder, gentler telling of a fairy tale classic" is part of a series of illustrated chapter books which retell Grimm's Fairy Tales without the scary violence of the originals, retaining the basic nugget or essence of the tales.
ZENA SAYS: SimpleStrip works by dissolving the wallpaper paste and is gentler and quicker than steaming.
Perhaps you will credit us for being gentler in the future.