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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

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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All that matters is that you don't allow yourself to fall for his soft soap for a second time.
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.
we didn't find out, because Thomas clearly decided that his personal safety out-weighed the public's need to know, and threw a bucket of soft soap at the hardened England flanker, asking him how good it felt to be the first team to retain the European Cup.
It goes to show that they think that providing free cheese will soft soap the electorate and make us all forget the mess Fianna Fail made of the country and the hardship Brian Lenihan will inflict on everyone.
But SNP leader Salmond hit back: "Margaret Thatcher used to 'handbag' Scotland and now Cameron is trying to soft soap us - neither will work.
The tricks of their trade are heart-tugging soft soap, ruthless hard sell and emotional blackmail.
Tenders are invited for supply of sanitary items Soft soap 10% terpenoil 30 % pincoil 20% teapol 15% cutioil.
If the pest is spotted, its spread can be halted by spraying with a soft soap.
He was accompanied from the field by Shaw, recipient of a large cheque and forever in debt to the fans who didn't mind paying hard cash for soft soap.
Yet the minister had been exposed as having uttered a deception and had won over his gullible audience with soft soap.
He's let us down too often for us to fall for this soft soap.
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The era of soft soap politics epitomised by the leadership of Bertie Ahern has been consigned to the dustbin.
Episode two offered no well-baked continuations, starting off with a fresh batch of soft soap about a Bonnie and Clyde bank robbing duo, a new gaffer in the cop shop, an 11-year-old tearaway with as much evil in him as George from Rainbow, snogs between Dervla and Don and more bumbling from the series' own Keystone Cops.