spare (one's) feelings

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spare (one's) feelings

To restrain from doing something that might cause someone embarrassment, discomfort, or anxiety. The teacher decided to spare my feelings and didn't tell the class who scored the lowest mark on the test. Instead of saying I didn't like her personality, I tried to spare her feelings and said that I wasn't really ready to start dating again yet.
See also: feeling, spare

spare somebody’s ˈfeelings

be careful to avoid offending or upsetting somebody: Eric got no votes at all, but we didn’t tell him because we wanted to spare his feelings.She didn’t spare my feelings at all — she told me exactly why she didn’t like me.
See also: feeling, spare
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On Wednesday, sources told the publication that although Kourtney attempted to warn her former beau to spare his feelings, it instead upset him and he "freaked out.
And when one woman's boyfriend asked if she liked his new haircut, she lied and said she did, in order to spare his feelings.
In a witty quite acerbic manner, Najwa didn't hold back to spare his feelings when replying to the marriage proposal he had finished his act with.
She pretends she can remember him to spare his feelings.
I have thought about separating from my husband to spare his feelings, but also to maybe find a father for my children.
The sad Santa's colleagues are anxious to spare his feelings, and he is not being publicly named.
If you don't like him in a romantic way, spare his feelings by playing Miss Match--you won't have to reject him if he's happily involved with another girl.
and the former mid-Atlantic director of Amnesty International, does not spare his feelings for the NNPA.
When it comes to turning down a man for a date, most women would be more inclined to omit the truth to spare his feelings rather than tell him, flat out, that she's not interested.
She must absolutely not accept Aidan's proposal in a fit of guilty conscience or to spare his feelings.
She thought it looked stupid, so pretended she wore it to spare his feelings.
There's no formula of words that will spare his feelings, but the longer you leave it the harder it will be.