an outwardly gentle or friendly manner used to disguise one's firm or ruthless determination.
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How to use velvet glove in a sentence
Bratton claims he was “furious” at the disrespect, but he informed his officers that “I issue no mandates and I make no threats of discipline” because he thought the right touch was “a velvet glove, not a hammer.”A famous top cop brags of his successes — and shows his blind spots | Paul Butler | July 30, 2021 | Washington Post
While it lasted we literally and constantly meet with the “iron hand under the velvet glove.”Armour in England | J. Starkie Gardner
It was only by gentlest degrees that the iron hand of satire made itself felt under the velvet glove of conventional good manners.Mount Royal, Volume 3 of 3 | Mary Elizabeth Braddon
In the practical world there are two conquering forces—the iron hand and the velvet glove.The Oxford Book of Latin Verse | Various
The touch of the would-be iron hand in the velvet glove of faded age made him conscious of his vast advantage over her.The Heather-Moon | C. N. Williamson and A. M. Williamson
That auspicious day when the velvet glove will be stripped for ever from the cloven hoof of the German Eagle.