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2017 Word of the Year

velvet glove

noun
1.
an outwardly gentle or friendly manner used to disguise one's firm or ruthless determination.
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  • An Irish Secretary needs the hand of iron in the velvet glove.

    Ireland as It Is Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)
  • He could protrude a feline set of claws from his velvet glove.

  • Too much of the ‘velvet glove’ and too little of the ‘iron hand,’ eh?

    The Rushton Boys at Rally Hall

    Spencer Davenport
  • Like his friend Bernadotte, he wears a velvet glove upon his iron hand.

    An Old Maid Honore de Balzac
  • It took a lighter touch—the hand of iron in the velvet glove, as it were.

    The Palace of Darkened Windows Mary Hastings Bradley
  • The iron hand should fitly be concealed beneath the velvet glove.

    Big Timber Bertrand W. Sinclair
  • Therein lies the secret of all power: the velvet glove and the iron hand may be an old saying, but it is a truth never old.

  • Colonel Selborne understood Japanese methods well enough to know there was a hand of iron under the velvet glove.

    The North Pacific Willis Boyd Allen
  • While it lasted we literally and constantly meet with the “iron hand under the velvet glove.”

    Armour in England J. Starkie Gardner
  • The true Gentleman is the scientific mixture of strength and courtesy—the manifestation of "the iron hand in the velvet glove."

    The Psychology of Salesmanship

    William Walker Atkinson

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