let someone down

let someone down

1. Fail to support someone; also, disappoint someone. For example, I was counting on John to come, but he let me down, or The team didn't want to let down the coach. [Late 1400s] A British phrase with the same meaning is let the side down, alluding to some kind of competition (sports, politics) and dating from the mid-1900s. It is occasionally used in America.
2. let someone down easy. Convey bad or disappointing news in a considerate way, so as to spare the person's self-respect. For example, The teacher knew that Paul would have to repeat the course and that there was no way to let him down easy . [Colloquial; mid-1700s] Also see let down.
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If you've let someone down, you'll have made it up with them by this evening.
Consider the consequences if, for instance, you let someone down who is relying on you.
Being a little subtler than "you're chucked" is required, though, so put that world-famous ability to yak to good use and let someone down gently.
He chose to suffer in silence rather than to feel he let someone down, or hurt his family.
But when you get it wrong you have to hold your hands up and take responsibility, particularly when you have taken money and let someone down.
You may have to let someone down at the start of this week.
You have to let someone down and you don't want to, but you know it's inevitable.
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You can't be in two places at once, you might think you can manage it Scorpio but no matter how hard you try it seems you're going to have to let someone down.
Teen's Guide to Not Being Perfect" is an inspirational guide for teens to help them come to terms with that they can't do everything in their lives perfectly and how to live their lives to the fullest when realizing you might let someone down, you might not be able to solve all the world's problems, and you might feel bad about yourself while doing so.
If you are faced with some options for today, will you keep everyone in the picture and then gently let someone down, or will you keep your choices to yourself?
Yes, you have let someone down but no you did not have an option.
You feel romantic and flirty but this means that you may not be concentrating and if you are not careful you could let someone down by missing an appointment, so be alert.
You will always let someone down and probably be late most of the time.