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soft soap

1. noun Flattering, cajoling talk meant to persuade someone, obtain something, or achieve a particular outcome. Don't let his soft soap get the better of you—he's only interested in himself. You think you can get whatever you want with a bit of soft soap, but some things in life have to be earned.
2. To persuade someone about something or persuade someone to do something, especially through the use of charm, flattery, or cajolery. Sometimes hyphenated. That weasel Mike is always trying to soft-soap the boss to get things done the way he wants. You'll never soft soap grandma, Jake—she's too shrewd for that.
See also: soap, soft

soft soap

 
1. flattering talk; sweet talk. I don't mind a little soft soap. It won't affect what I decide, though. Don't waste my time with soft soap. I know you don't mean it.
2. (Usually soft-soap.) to attempt to convince someone (of something) by gentle persuasion. We couldn't soft-soap her into it. Don't try to soft-soap her. she's an old battle-ax.
See also: soap, soft

soft soap

Flattery, cajolery, as in She's only six but she's learned how to get her way with soft soap. This colloquial expression alludes to liquid soap, likening its slippery quality to insincere flattery. Its figurative use was first recorded in 1830.
See also: soap, soft

soft soap

persuasive flattery.
The underlying idea is of soft soap (literally a type of semi-fluid soap) being lubricative and unctuous.
See also: soap, soft

soft soap

1. n. flattering talk; sweet talk. I don’t mind a little soft soap. It won’t affect what I do, though.
2. tv. to attempt to convince someone (of something) by gentle persuasion. Don’t try to soft soap her. She’s an old battle-ax.
See also: soap, soft
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This week's Budget is designed to soft soap voters into saving the Chancellor's skin on May 7.
There is too much soft soap on the personal hygiene courses, most people know how to wash their feet.
He's always been good at the soft soap and the spiel, has Terry.
Later The Hoff got the Piers Morgan Life Stories soft soap and conceded: "I don't understand a word you people say.
Thornton & Ross Ltd, a family-owned business was founded in 1922 by Nathan Thornton and Phillip Ross to make soft soap and pack household ammonia.
It may sound like an odd request but my mother very rarely bought shampoo; if I was lucky she used green soft soap but most of the time my hair was washed in Puritan household soap and I dreaded a newbar because the corners were hard onmy head.
The President, who is used to a much more soft soap American style of questioning, would have got just as tough a time from the likes of the BBC's Jeremy Paxman.
The muddle is brought into sharp focus by last week's dramatic switch by Welsh nationalists Plaid Cymru who have decided they want full-bloodied independence after 25 years of soft soap.
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And he's not going to do it by handing round the soft soap.
Going to the Flames: The old Stipendiary Magistrate, Ignatius Morgan fixed it; fixed it with soft soap and the passing of time, first a day and a night, then a week, then a second postponement of the inquest, and all done with a word in the coroner's ear, letting things simmer down, as if evil spirits would go away, soft-shoeing over the tramway like vanishing gypsies who'd done their stint of filching and were now eager to creep off.
One Liverpool worker said today: ``Bosses have tried to soft soap us and are asking us to show them the ropes.
The tricks of their trade are heart-tugging soft soap, ruthless hard sell and emotional blackmail.