strong silent type

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strong silent type (plural strong silent types)

  1. A quiet or emotionally reserved man of action.[1]

Usage notes[edit]

  • While the phrase is almost always used in reference to a man, it may, on occasion, be applied to a woman.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Ammer, Christine (2013). The American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms, second edition, p. 433.