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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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We have tried the softly softly approach and it doesn't work.
1955 RubyMurray - Softly Softly THIS popular song was written in 1955 by Mark Paul and Pierre Dudan, with English lyrics by Paddy Roberts.
Which female vocalist had a number 1 hit with Softly Softly in 1955?
There are fears a "softly softly" approach to the drug is creating a generation of doped-up layabouts too lazy to get out of bed.
Egypt's request for more aid from the European Union came in tandem with a report issued by European auditors denouncing the union's "softly softly" approach to providing the cash-strapped country with $1bn in aid over the past five years.
AGENCIES representing businesses and community groups in Northumberland are to be asked for their views before council officials start implementing a new "softly softly" approach to the controversial issue of advertising signs.
Very much in line with American practices - "Stop, or I will shoot!" Telman8 Some Birmingham rioters should be shown compassion, says police chief Surely having been treated softly softly all their lives after being naughty, and safe in the knowledge that they will be treated softly softly after this, is why they think they can get away with looting and rioting, no?
Moore's softly softly vocal, backed mostly by acoustic guitar, purrs through everything from Liverpool band Amsterdam's Does This Train Stop On Merseyside to Pink Floyd's Shine On You Crazy Diamond.
The softly softly approach of handing out free pooh bags has failed.
BAYERN MUNICH are fed up taking a softly softly approach with moaner Lukas Podolksi.
IN the week we're told Gordon Brown might bow to pressure to scrap Labour's "softly softly" policy on cannabis (due to a 14 per cent rise in crime) we also hear the North Wales idiot police chief Richard Brunstrom has won the backing of bosses at the local police authority for his campaign to legalise heroin and cocaine.
IT is time the police ended their softly softly approach to the peace protesters at Faslane.
``So far it's been the softly softly approach,but now we are beginning to realise that that is getting us nowhere.''
SOFTLY SOFTLY: Farm assistants Becky Peel (left) and Catie Stone with Dorset Horn lambs Holly and Ivy.
"If we continue with this 'softly softly' approach, these criminals will continue to go without realistic punishments when they are caught and just laugh at a law which they think is ineffective and impotent.