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softly, softly approach

A calm and thoughtful method for dealing with a problem. Primarily heard in UK, Australia. When dealing with unmotivated teens, the softly, softly approach doesn't always work—sometimes you have to do something to get their attention. Many parents use the softly, softly approach when trying to calm their toddlers' tantrums.
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Speaking ahead of Manchester United's away match at West Ham on Saturday, Assistant Manager Mike Phelan said: " It's sort of a softly, softly approach with Owen.
PEOPLE who smoke cannabis in public face arrest from next week when police end a softly, softly approach to users.
THE British government has ordered a softly, softly approach to gaining the release of a Scots charity worker kidnapped in Georgia.
have pushed carefully planned messages into the market, slowly getting users familiar with the new services and taking a softly, softly approach to cultivating user demand.