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Still waters run deep

Still waters run deep definition

A person’s calm exterior often conceals great depths of character, just as the deepest streams can have the smoothest surfaces.
still waters run deep
A quiet person may be very profound, as in Susie rarely says much, but still waters run deep. The physical observation in this term dates from ancient times, but it has been used figuratively since about 1400. Anthony Trollope amplified it in He Knew He Was Right (1869): “That’s what I call still water. She runs deep enough. . . . So quiet, but so—clever.”


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