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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Neither is it easily sourced on a budget, so it's up to Kirstie to let him down gently and offer up some alternatives.
How does she let him down gently because she's fallen for personal trainer Kal?
Sidebottom, always a polite interviewee, let him down gently.
Don't listen to your friends, listen to your heart - and your body - and if it's not working then let him down gently and move on.
Judy asked Tommy to bring in a few of his pieces for her to see while she tried to think of a way to let him down gently.
Be brave and don't candycoat your words; but also let him down gently.
If it's not working let him down gently and move on.
She tried to let him down gently, but he became bitter and unpleasant as he turned to alcohol.
As he's asked me over a text, I feel fully justified to let him down gently by text.
Producer Jane Brown said: ``I had to let him down gently,he was so upset, but it's a very rough and tumble part so we couldn't risk letting him carry on.
She may only have been trying to let him down gently.
But you sound too shallow for that, so let him down gently at least?
Trying to let him down gently, she sighed: "You're my best friend and you do make me happy.