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

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an iron hand/fist in a velvet glove

used to describe someone who seems to be gentle but is in fact forceful and determined
Translations of “an iron hand/fist in a velvet glove”
in Chinese (Traditional) 外柔內剛的人…
in Chinese (Simplified) 外柔内刚的人…
(Definition of an iron hand/fist in a velvet glove from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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