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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.
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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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Using technology and aesthetics as a foundation, the firm's engineers have designed a home theater system with speakers that are only slightly larger than a credit card yet powerful enough to provide "thunderous but precise base resolution," explains Gentles.
The 13-employee company got its start as a distributor for a European-based consumer electronics brand, which Gentles later purchased and brought to the United States.
Working with a third-party marketing firm, Gentles set out to find a musically-oriented spokesperson who could spread the word about the Klegg Mini.
Gentles hopes to increase the number of dealers to 65 by the end of the year, and Klegg has just closed on a deal to sell the Minis at Tower Records.
Gentles also plans to open retail stores that would focus on custom home installations for consumers.
The Gentles, from Pollok, Glasgow, were joined at Downing Street yesterday by members of the Stop The War coalition and anti-war Labour MP Jeremy Corbyn.
Rose Gentle and her daughter Maxine were unexpectedly invited to meet John Prescott as they handed in a letter expressing their concerns addressed to Prime Minister Tony Blair at 10 Downing Street.
To their surprise, Mrs Gentle and 14-year-old daughter Maxine were invited to speak with Mr Prescott, who is standing in for a holidaying Mr Blair, as they handed a letter in.
But within minutes of what was described as a 'forceful' chat, Mrs Gentle walked out in disgust, she said.
This tragic trail is brilliantly described in this authoritative new book by Ring-Cassidy and Gentles.
Ring-Cassidy and Gentles point out that North American research on post-abortion effects is both biased and often methodologically flawed.
Here is letter Prime Minister Tony Blair sent to Rose Gentle, the mother of soldier Gordon who died in Iraq:12 August Dear Mrs Gentle, I am sorry I have not written to you before about Gordon.
You and Mr Gentle are in my thoughts and prayers, Yours sincerely Tony Blair.