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English definition of “an iron hand/fist in a velvet glove”

an iron hand/fist in a velvet glove

used to describe someone who seems to be gentle but is in fact forceful and determinedSevereStrong-willed
(Definition of an iron hand/fist in a velvet glove from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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