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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

*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.
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a gentle giant

a man who is very tall and strong, but has a very quiet, gentle character that does not match his appearance As placid and amiable as he was tall, he became known as the gentle giant of the squad.
See also: gentle, giant

be as gentle as a lamb

to be very calm and kind I thought she was gentle as a lamb until I heard her shouting at Richard.
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References in classic literature ?
Is it by such a hand as thine that the gentlest heart that ever beat is stilled in death?
Often it was only the smallest trace, Watson, the faintest indication, and yet it was enough to tell me that the great malignant brain was there, as the gentlest tremors of the edges of the web remind one of the foul spider which lurks in the centre.
he said to her one evening, in his gentlest tone, as he sat down by her and looked closely at her face--
Old Carriers too, appeared, with blind old Boxers lying at their feet; and newer carts with younger drivers ('Peerybingle Brothers' on the tilt); and sick old Carriers, tended by the gentlest hands; and graves of dead and gone old Carriers, green in the churchyard.
His large, almost girlish eyes rested on her for a moment before he replied, and then it was in the softest and gentlest of voices.
This man, who had slain four of the Annos, three of them after he had gone blind, who had slain still more men in his savage youth, never raised his voice in anger to Jerry and ruled him by nothing severer than the gentlest of chidings.
I am the chief magistrate," was the reply in a voice that was still the softest and gentlest imaginable.
Lazy and dishonest servants found that the gentlest of masters had a side to his character which took them by surprise.
Nature, always abhorring monotony, institutes reserves of temper as elements in the composition of the gentlest women living.
If the history of Polly's girlish experiences suggests a hint or insinuates a lesson, I shall feel that, in spite of many obstacles, I have not entirely neglected my duty toward the little men and women, for whom it is an honor and a pleasure to write, since in them I have always found my kindest patrons, gentlest critics, warmest friends.
And all the while harmonious airs were heard Of chiming strings or charming pipes; and winds Of gentlest gale Arabian odours fanned From their soft wings, and Flora's earliest smells.
They are gentle, the gentlest hands I have ever known, " she said softly.
The 6-foot-3-inch Adams was an intimidating figure upon first impression, but when he spoke, he was the gentlest of people, friends and family said.
17 Again is meant to be a comedy but remains mostly mirth-free, with the gentlest of laughs supplied by Mike's best friend Ned, a geeky adultescent whose home is a shrine to Star Wars and whose spare room contains a Sand Speeder bed.
It is, however, a pleasant experience to hear that unique rotary engine spinning away while the car eagerly responds to the gentlest of steering and braking inputs.