strong silent type

strong, silent type

cliché A person, especially a man, who exudes strength by taking action without expressing or worrying about their emotions. I've always been attracted to the strong, silent type, but whenever I'm in a relationship with a guy like that, I find it infuriating that he never tells me what he's thinking or includes me in the decision-making process.
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strong silent type

A man of action who is reserved and masks his feelings. For example, Paula always preferred the strong silent type to more extroverted men. Almost never used for a woman, this expression may be obsolescent. [c. 1900]
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strong silent type, the

A man of few words but effective action; one who masks his feelings. This phrase, today nearly always used ironically, was extremely popular with women novelists of the early 1900s who used it to depict a very romantic figure. Even today, when it may be obsolescent, it is never used for a woman. Leslie Charteris had it in The Saint and Templar (1978): “I’ve always fancied myself as the strong silent type.” Also see macho.
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