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velvet glove


  1. . gentleness or caution, often concealing strength or determination (esp in the phrase an iron fist or hand in a velvet glove)

Example Sentences Including 'velvet glove'

Asked how he would reduce France's high crime rate, Mr Le Pen promised "an iron fist in a velvet glove ".
Irish Times (2002)
But small and medium businesses (SMEs) were warned of the iron fist in a velvet glove when it came to compliance.
Courier, Sunday Mail (2004)
Good God, if the velvet glove comes off, laddie, no one will ever risk anything like it again, will they?
Kippax, Frank The Scar
In short, throw away the velvet glove and display the iron fist, if there is one.
India Today (1998)
Irvine's milder proposals yesterday were being described in Whitehall as an iron fist in a velvet glove.
Times, Sunday Times (2002)
Or, as Lady Mountbatten has said, `the iron fist in the velvet glove '.
Brian Hoey HER MAJESTY: 50 Regal Years (2001)


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