What does velvet glove mean?


Idiom Meaning:

gentle but effective


Examples of this Idiom in Movies & TV Shows:


Made in Dagenham (2010)

Time of Scene: ~01:00:10

Robert Tooley: Lisa. Do you mind if I call you Lisa? You must have quite a head on your shoulders. Peter tells me that you read history at Cambridge.

Lisa Hopkins: Yes I did.

Robert Tooley: Mind if I ask what do you think of our little problem over at the factory? Do you think maybe he’s a bit too much velvet glove glove, not enough iron fist?

Lisa Hopkins: Not at all, no. Quite the opposite, actually. Look at Vauxhall. They don’t have any problems with the unions. And that seems to be because General Motors have a more collaborative approach to management. Whereas at Ford you only deal with the unions because you have to. You tolerate them. And as a result they’re more entrenched and they’re aggressive in their dealings with you.


NCIS “About Face” (2008)

Time of Scene: ~00:15:50

Abby Sciuto: Jimmy, you chased a crazy guy with a gun. You’re a stud muffin. You’re an iron fist in a velvet glove. You’re Baby Gibbs.



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