man of few words


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a 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

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Dubbley, who was a man of few words, nodded assent.
Ryan Gosling is a man of few words, but when they do come out, they are usually equal parts poetic and baffling.
A Canadian who enlisted in the US Army because it seemed like something to do after an injury sidelined a possible career in base-ball, Larry Huffman is a man of few words, but Nate pieces together that his old man (he never calls him "Dad") served in Vietnam.
Joe is a man of few words but when he speaks, people do listen," said a source.
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Never one to mess about, he's always been a man of few words.
Also, neither man is the world's greatest orator, although Rocky was a man of few words, whereas Prescott uses thousands, many of which can be found in a dictionary.
It might be a strange thing to say about a rapper but Snoop is a man of few words, delivering a crowd-pleasing performance of hit after hit.
from the shop next door where a man of few words was holding up a
A man of few words, he means business and after his retirement from the august office President Asif Ali Zardari appointed him as Chairman of the Federal Public Service Commission (FPSC).
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Bill Boyle was a man of few words, perhaps because he respected their value.
I never met him but understand that he was much like others of that era - hard-working and a man of few words and a lot of action.
He's a man of few words, an intentionally elusive type who artfully nurtures the enigmatic image that's served him well for decades.