an iron fist in a velvet glove






an iron fist in a velvet glove

firmness or ruthlessness masked by outward gentleness.


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make a good fist of

do something to a specified degree of success – informal

1998 - Times - An opening stand of 99 by Hancock and Hewson helped Gloucestershire to make a decent fist of it yesterday.




make a poor fist of

do something to a specified degree of failure – informal




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