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I'm looking for a word to describe someone who is totally different to the impression they give? It is actually one of my son's teachers whom I am looking to describe. He comes across very gruff and tough, but in actuality is one of the kindest teachers in the school. Thanks :)

  • possible dupe of: english.stackexchange.com/questions/349261/…? – as4s4hetic Sep 20 '17 at 11:33
  • I'm not sure if it is a dupe, but you could describe the behaviour, rather than the person, as "deceptive". This doesn't carry any negative connotations. Eg "His gruffness was deceptive - he was actually one of the kindest teachers in the school". – Max Williams Sep 20 '17 at 11:36
  • Not generic in the sense of your title, but cold hands, warm heart can have the sense of the specific example you give (gruff but kind). – Lawrence Sep 20 '17 at 15:07

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