go soft on (someone)

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go soft on (someone)

To treat someone delicately, gently, or leniently; to not criticize, punish, or berate someone too harshly. Ah, go soft on Bill—it's his first day in the office. You go too soft on those kids. They need more discipline or they'll get out of control!
See also: on, soft
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Beginning in Boston, they were continued in a Boston suburb, on the shores of Lake George, in a Western New York health resort, in Buffalo, in Nahant; once, twice, and thrice in New York, with reversions to Boston, and summer excursions to the hills and waters of New England, until it seemed that their author had at last said his say, and he voluntarily lapsed into silence with the applause of friends and enemies alike.