wouldn't hurt a fly


: to be too gentle to want to hurt anyone
He looks big and dangerous, but he wouldn't hurt a fly.

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Recent Examples on the Web Matt Murphy: From all outward appearances Rodney Alcala was a handsome, charming, smart young man -- that wouldn't hurt a fly. Peter Van Sant, CBS News, 14 May 2024

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“Wouldn't hurt a fly.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wouldn%27t%20hurt%20a%20fly. Accessed 15 Jul. 2024.

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