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softly-softly

adjective Cautious, tentative, gradual and careful, especially to an overbearing degree. (Also written "softly, softly.") I just wish his parents weren't so softly-softly with him all the time. The kid needs to learn how to be a bit more brazen and independent! I think we should take things a bit softly, softly at this stage in development.
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There are far too many do-gooders who treat these youths too softly and I blame them for the way all respect and decency has declinedInstead of meting out proper punishment like the birch, these criminals are pampered and often get more sympathy than the victims Thanks to the pathetic softly-softly approach, crime has become far too prevalent and, rather than pampering these yobs with luxurious prisons and PlayStations, we should be giving them the punishments they deserve
BLUE MURDER: For such a hard-hitting title, this is a surprisingly softly-softly crime drama.
Arch-hawk Sharon, who is desperate to mellow his tough image, believes the softly-softly approach of the Nobel prize winner could be vital in keeping alive the fragile peace talks with Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat.
And she looks to have benefited from the softly-softly approach judged on her highly-promising second at Goodwood last month, keeping on well having been slightly chopped for speed three furlongs from home.
Steve McClaren and David Beckham have agreed to take a softly-softly approach to the former England skipper's return to the international fold.
There is no justification for using these weapons outside a gun club and now the public will again have to live with the consequences of yet another softly-softly crime policy.
The Liverpudlians are edgier than a lot of the softly-softly sounds coming from the likes of Coldplay and Keane.
Let's have a minister who's not afraid to put a stop once and for all to this softly-softly approach and crack down on crime by having the zero tolerance policy once suggested, but never enforced.
THE cop in charge in Brixton - centre of a softly-softly drugs experiment - has admitted the area is a "24-hour crack super- market" where dealers make pounds 12 million a year.
The softly-softly style echoes Mr Cameron's comments in an interview today in which he said he would raise the issue "with respect and mutual understanding".
Burying his mount, he adopted a softly-softly approach to get into the thick of the action in the home straight before riding a rousing finish to nick the spoils on the nod.
Gay rights have improved dramatically in the last 20 years due to a sensible, softly-softly campaigning approach by pressure groups, politicians, media etc.
And the Mancunian has admitted to his team he does not know what to make of Stewart's softly-softly approach to the fight.
Howard Johnson looks set to adopt a softly-softly approach for now with Saturday's Aintree scorer Inglis Drever.
This is humane policing at its best and I hope we'll see many more forces following Hampshire's softly-softly approach.