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let (one) down gently

To deliver bad news to someone in the kindest or least upsetting way possible. When you tell Ed that somebody already asked you to the dance, please let him down gently. I tried to let Susan down gently, but she burst into tears nonetheless.
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let someone down gently

seek to give someone bad news in a way that avoids causing them too much distress or humiliation.
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ˌeasy/ˌgently/ˌslowly ˈdoes it

(informal) used for telling somebody to be careful, calm, etc: Easy does it! Just lift it a little bit and I think it’ll go through the door.
See also: does, easy, gently, slowly
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Fearing he might succumb to corruption without a steadying influence, Gently decides to stay in the North East and take him under his wing.
And in the middle of this is DS Rachel Coles, (Lisa McGrills) clasping her handbag, proud of her job, and trying to keep Gently and Bacchus together right to the end.
Martin Shaw, who plays Gently, said: "I can't speak for whether the audience will be happy with our ending or not, but there will be a conclusion.
Inspector George Gently is set in the 1960s and is loosely based on some of the Inspector Gently novels written by Alan Hunter.
Heat gently, and when just sizzling, add the flour.
And will Gently be able to carry on solving crime on the streets of Durham?
Pixie said: "I love the fact that Inspector George Gently is a period drama set in the 60s and I can't wait to play the role of Megan.
At the start of the series we see Gently back with his grief about his wife," says the veteran actor.
Serves 6 500g penne pasta 8 slices of bacon, cooked and cut in to strips 1 cauliflower, broken in to florets 600ml milk 55g plain flour 55g butter Pinch freshly-grated nutmeg ' tsp Dijon mustard ' tsp English mustard 40g breadcrumbs CHEESE SAUCE Melt the butter in a pot and stir in the flour and cook gently for a couple of minutes.
Ingredients 4 plum tomatoes 1 tbsp olive oil 2 Craster kippers, from the fish service counter 1 tbsp unsalted butter 4 medium eggs, gently beaten ' pack Rankin Irish Potato Farls 1 lemon, cut into wedges Method Preheat the grill to high.
whenever a husband notices a bizarre behavior from his wife, he can advise her, then avoid sleeping with her in one room and if that doesn't work out then he can whip her gently in a manner that makes her understand the situation.
Interventional physicians, medical physicists, and radiologic technologists are encouraged to visit the Image Gently Web site (http://www.
1 : to touch or push gently <The teacher nudged her students back to class.
The chickens who rule their little roost, but not much else, are a welcome bit of gently comic relief, like some sort of feathered Greek chorus.