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.
See also: few, man, of, word
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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.
See also: few, man, of, word
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

man of few words

see under few words.
See also: few, man, of, word
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

man of few words, a

A person who speaks little but to the point; also, by implication, a person of action rather than words. Although most writers trace this expression to the Old Testament (“Let thy words be few,” Ecclesiastes 5:2), it is actually much older, appearing in Homer’s Iliad (“Few were his words, but wonderfully clear”). It appeared in John Ray’s 1678 proverb collection, and a version of “Few words are best” occurs in numerous other languages as well. See also strong silent type.
See also: few, man, of
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You are a man of few words, but I haven't met anybody who dared to doubt the generosity of your sentiments.
Dubbley, who was a man of few words, nodded assent.
He would never talk about his wartime past and I remember he was a man of few words so the family never fully knew of his mental, physical and emotional legacy.
A source close to the club said: "Mike is a man of few words but the message sums up his feelings.
Maybe it has something to do with the fact Gary is a man of few words who would rather do his talking with his fists in the ring.
Trainer Aidan O'Brien is a man of few words he only has one horse of that name.
Don is a man of few words - I'm the one who keeps up a constant stream of chatter in the house.
" He said that the film was ' terrific', which was a lot as he is a man of few words," said Kher.
A man of few words, his only real interaction came in the encore as he introduced Sloe Gin, the crowd favourite he dare not leave out.
"He was a man of few words but we always knew he was there.
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.
TELLY Countdown's new man in the hot seat, Nick Hewer, is a man of few words and many facial expressions, preferring to speak volumes by merely raising his eyebrows or scowling.
Never one to mess about, he's always been a man of few words. When he does offer advice, you know it must be worth listening to.
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.