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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If my marriage was in worse shape, I totally would," he grins`, letting her down gently.
His letter in support of her was a way of letting her down gently and signalling both to the Bulgarian government and to the party political groups in the parliament that he would be open to a different candidate.
There's no point letting her down gently because, again, that means she'll go on deluding herself that you and she have a future.
The 16-year-old grabs the young blonde round the back of the legs then hoists her up to his waist before letting her down gently.