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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.
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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.
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*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.
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Gentleness is beautiful, but firmness can sometimes be more effective in prompting personal reform and purification.
My interest in Gentleness and Nobility concerns how it too defines this tradition of popular protest and subversive speech in relation to the shifts in economic production and class relations that occurred in sixteenth-century agrarian England.
It presents an in-depth interpretation of 2 Cor 10:1: "I myself, Paul, appeal to you by the meekness and gentleness of Christ--I who am humble when face to face with you, but bold toward you when I am away
Sunstar Americas introduces a new level of cleaning, plaque removal and gentleness with the new GUM[R] Summit[TM]+ toothbrush.
SHOWING traditional styles and rituals of South African dance, this performance mixes gentleness of spirit and song with exuberant moves, clapping and shouting.
Robert Engler combined a passionate commitment to justice with a gentleness and modesty that made him both inspirational and approachable.
Like ghosts of swimmers past, they danced with fluid gentleness amidst an ensemble of adult performers.
There's innocence in her voice, the hallmark of her youth, and a gentleness that enhances rather than impinges on her music.
Though working in traditional 2-D animation, Miyazaki creates the most imaginative worlds, and though wars and destruction are often part of the stories, there is a gentleness that ultimately comes through.
The New Testament adds to that list what are called "fruits of the Spirit," which is another name for virtues: "love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control.
Literally, the surfaces depicted include Formica, plate glass, metallic wallpaper, mirrored sunglasses, plaid wool, flowered nylon, and shag carpet; spiritually, the veneer is equal parts ennui, suspicion, and a sort of desperate, claustrophobic gentleness.
Johnson & Johnson bills the products as combining the gentleness of the Johnson's Baby line with the healing power of nature, and says extensive research into the needs of babies' skin played an important role in the development of the Soothing Naturals line.
Written in plain terms, Good Night, Sweet Dreams, I Love You emphasizes the importance of building good sleep habits, and warns parents that children of all ages are always learning--and therefore responding to their excessive crying, defiance, attempts to leave the bedroom, and other activities with an abundance of warmth or gentleness will create positive reinforcement for the negative behavior of resisting bedtime
I appreciated the gentleness with which Matthew Rothschild reviewed Rebecca Solnit's Hope in the Dark ("Recipes for Hope," April issue).