gentle giant

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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
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"Chris was a lovely bloke and a gentle giant who was a loving, fantastic dad, brother and uncle."
"He was a tall lad, known as a gentle giant, he was devoted to his girlfriend and his children.
A statement on a tribute page said cash was being raised to help his family and added: "Sheriff was a gentle giant and Birmingham and the Gambian community has lost a fine young man."
"He was described by all who knew him as a gentle giant, very much a family person who would do anything for anyone.
Have you known a gentle giant? We tend to think of those people who are large enough to be intimidating and yet when we get to know them, gentle enough to be approachable and caring.
The Gentle Giant I watched him laughing And I watched him cry Tall as a steeple, ever so high Big red nose And ruddy cheeks A beard like straw And a hair so red A coat of brown And breeches of green His eyes are blue And quick to cry At the twinkling of an eyes He is gentle as a lamb But laughs like thunder He has hands like shovels And a handshake you can trust Feet like boats He is a gentle giant KEVIN BROWN.
Rebecca Wade, from the aquarium, said: "She is settling well into her new home and we are starting to think that, despite appearances, she is actually a bit of a gentle giant."
Hannah paid this tribute on a website: "He was a gentle giant and the best brother I could ever have asked for.
A TALL STORY There was once a gentle giant, As quiet as a lamb, Taller than the tallest tree, Stronger than a ram.
His daughter Lorna said: ``He was just a gentle giant. He was so kind and caring and considerate.
His wife, Annette, said: "Derek was a gentle giant. He was caring, considerate and helpful always thinking of others.