man of few words


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man of few words

A man who does not speak often or at length. Despite being a man of few words, Joseph was well-respected in his field because of his actions.
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man of few words

Fig. someone, not necessarily a man, who speaks concisely or not at all. He is a man of few words, but he usually makes a lot of sense.
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man of few words

see under few words.
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He was social, witty and profane--wise about human nature--a man of few words who never said anything silly.
We watch and listen as the father, a man of few words thanks to a hot-poker tonsillectomy who played the national pastime way past his prime, is drawn, built, written, and spoken of.
Sir Terry Leahy is a man of few words but he may come to rue his comments this week that Tesco is through the period of greatest risk, during which Wal-Mart entered the UK and the sector endured two inquiries.
Daim, known as a man of few words, has avoided the press since he quit.
A rather withdrawn man of few words, he is extremely cautious.
The 73-year-old recluse was a man of few words but not even close to death on that hot June day in 1938.
A MAN OF FEW WORDS Mike Ashley has never been big on communicating with the Newcastle supporters
The Ashfield chief said: "Dimitri is a man of few words in English - and I think he's also a quiet boy by nature.
Asked if there were butterflies in his stomach, the man of few words said: " It's good to have some nervousness.
A man of few words, he carries out his assignments in a disturbingly matter of fact manner.
Singer/guitarist Josh Middleton is a man of few words but who needs rambling between-song hyperbole when you're blessed with a set-list boasting such quality?
He might be a man of few words, but looks certainly speak louder than words in Gary's case.
He was a man of few words, a great soul and a kind person to all people that he met and always willing to help someone less fortunate.
Robert Mochrie, for Henderson, who is of previous good character, told the court: "He's a man of few words and often struggles to get his message across.
Ever a man of few words but much action, so he has proved once again, as former British Lion and Scotland centre Tait explained.