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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

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.
See also: gentle, lamb

(as) gentle as a lamb

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.
See also: gentle, lamb

*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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She had people to feed: her husband; her son-in-law, a short, stout fur trader with a wicked temper and a Rabelasian appetite; her daughter and three grandchildren; and an orphaned cousin named Heschel, who was a cabinetmaker and the gentlest of souls.
PARENTS CAN HAVE 100% CONFIDENCE IN ORGANIC BABY CARE, KNOWING THEY ARE PUTTING THE PUREST, GENTLEST, YET EFFECTIVE PRODUCTS ON THEIR BABY.
Thus, a couple of errors--one in this column in the September-October issue and a second in the brochure for an Institute educational program--prompted only the gentlest of corrections.
No malice about it - even the bloke who was knocked out near the start was seen off with the gentlest of blows from an old house brick.
Prompted by a complaint from rival Johnson and Johnson, a P&G ad for Pampers Sensitive wipes was ruled to have gone too far with claims such as 'your baby will feel the difference', 'the mildest wipes in Britain' and 'the gentlest care for your baby's skin'.
But even the gentlest bit of journalistic probing can deflate any notion that such isolated "trends" are the makings of major social patterns.
Throughout Wrapped in Rainbows, Hurstons words can wound like razors and soothe like the gentlest touch, Zora Neale Hurston's linguistic powers are nearly magical, and are artfully represented and complemented by Boyd's own creative skills.
In "Niagara Falls" we are introduced to Leah's neglectful father and his girlfriend Selena, who receives "the gentlest of his touches.
He was the kindest and gentlest man I've ever been associated with," said Ron Couri, president and chief executive officer of Couristan.
Gear extruders are said to be the gentlest alternative for straining finished compounds before they are processed by a forming extruder.
Maloney voices all characters, with accents (language as well as social class), and does all with the gentlest of British accents.
Because natural medicines can be so potent, Weed recommends a common-sense approach of starting with the gentlest things first.
Monday, spiritual epiphany in a lunch meeting; Tuesday, noticed first buds on tulip tree; Wednesday, felt the strongest, gentlest, holy accompaniment while walking down the street; Thursday, was privileged to be taken into the deepest confidence of an acquaintance; Friday, figured out that being the perfect lover, parent, student, friend is not what matters.
For those of us who knew him," said Robert Kostrzewa, assistant dean of academic affairs and scholarships at the New School, "Hamzah was truly one of the gentlest of human beings--but passionate and firm in his convictions.
About Cadmus himself, however, all agree: This enormously talented artist was also the kindest, gentlest, most self-deprecating of men.