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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While Louise is letting him down gently, her son Ralph announces that Joe is missing.
Letting him down gently, 'Miss Vorderman' - I have long forgotten her real name - explained that not only were there two 'e's' in satellite but there were also two 'l's' and only one 't'.