jolly (someone) along

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jolly (someone) along

To encourage someone (to do something), especially in a positive, cheerful manner. I was getting disheartened writing my first novel, but my husband jollied me along to finish it.
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The Bank of England's strategy over the past 31 months has been to jolly along the consumer to keep the economy ticking over through war in Iraq, the stock market collapse and tax increases.
Car makers often jolly along end-of-the-line run-out models with good deals on spec, engine size, warranty and finance packages, which can hurt sales of newer products which buyers see as less attractive.
A bottle of St Estephe Bordeaux helped the meal jolly along, but at pounds 26 a bottle it was quite expensive.
On the one hand, you've got the argument that the Royal meeting needs Dettori and that everything possible should be done to ensure he's there to jolly along the proceedings.
The combination have teamed up to win 10 times this year but no victory was harder earned than this one and Hitchcott was on the point of collapse after scrubbing the 11-10 jolly along for every yard of the two-mile trip.
In an attempt to jolly along the conversation, Miriam tried to act normally too.