let (one) down gently

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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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After learning she'd lost her leg, Leah was not sure Joe would want to be with an amputee and feared he would let her down gently by breaking up with her once she'd regained her strength.
She makes it clear that she loves him and he tries to let her down gently, above.
Caz is keen to be Maria's rock, but is devastated when the woman she loves tries to let her down gently.
I had to let her down gently by explaining that my helicopter had run out of petrol.
Her grandson Justin Green said: "Granny will be 101 this November and she's great for her age so she was delighted when she got the letter but we've had to let her down gently.
Susan expressed her feelings towards me but I had to let her down gently and remind her that I was old enough to be her father.
Helmut - like Susan, a devout Catholic - said: "Susan expressed her feelings towards me but I had to let her down gently and remind her that I was old enough to be her father.
But although judges Simon Cowell, Amanda Holden and Piers Morgan let her down gently, Stephen Mulhern, presenter of sister show Britain's Got More Talent sang with the 66-year-old backstage and could not resist a quick snog - and a grope.
However, it's clear that he has no interest in her and it will require all of your tact to let her down gently.
WHEN seven-year-old Sky Blues fan Lily Sloman wrote to Sky Blues boss Mark Robins to offer her goalscoring services on loan from her junior football club after her favourite player Jodi Jones suffered a seasonending injury, the manager let her down gently and revealed that he's looking closer to home.
I thought, that's him trying to let her down gently.
How can I let her down gently, without my refusal damaging our friendship?
Now he says he wants us to give it another go but admits he's still talking to his ex and needs to let her down gently, so what do I do?
The poor child wants Niamh and Paul to get back together and comes up with a plan but her dad has to let her down gently.