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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.
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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Trainee teacher Samir lands the lead role in the play and hopes to follow in the footsteps of his fellow Hounslow resident Dev Patel, of Slumdog Millionaire fame (although Sir David lets him down gently
by telling him to complete his teaching qualification).
And Harry is disappointed when Eileen lets him down gently
, but he's determined to follow his dream and says a fond farewell to Weatherfield.