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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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Then he closes his piano softly, softly changes his coat for a pea- jacket, with a goodly wicker-cased bottle in its largest pocket, and putting on a low-crowned, flap-brimmed hat, goes softly out.
After a softly, softly return last year, organisers are pushing the boat out for 2015.
Softly, Softly, her second single, reached number one in early 1955.
So I was kind of grateful for the softly, softly approach.
Portrayal of Muslim women was unfair I WATCHED Softly, Softly on BBC TV last week and was appalled by the references to Islam and the quotations from the Holy Quran.
It is patently obvious that the softly, softly methods of control do not work.
Blackwell's television appearances included roles in Softly, Softly, The Avengers, Z-Cars, The 10th Kingdom.
Though born in Dorset and now based in London, the man who helped to bring Z Cars and Softly, Softly to our screens believes he spent the happiest years of his life at Pebble Mill after David Attenborough asked him to establish a drama department there in the 1970s.
Officers proceeded softly, softly, placing light surveillance on the house, until the cannabis farmers scarpered with their drugs.
Despite substituting Ferdinand in Saturday's debacle at Boro, Ferguson has opted for the softly, softly approach.
Sir Clive Woodward's softly, softly approach to training is over.
TOTTENHAM'S lack of physical presence usually frustrates head coach Martin Jol, but against Blackburn he was, for once, glad of Spurs' softly, softly approach.
And Rhodes hit out at Terry's softly, softly attitude, telling him he needs to mix with his team-mates more.
The police made it clear they would not be taking the softly, softly approach.