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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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The problem of rowdy young people on our streets is too serious for too many people, to take a softly-softly approach.
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.
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.
But after five weeks of a 10-week trial in Dumfries, in Dumfries and Galloway, the softly-softly approach, used to stop complaints from animals rights' groups, was called "useless" in a report.
It wasn't until the second-last that he elected to make his move and, even then, it was a softly-softly effort as he gradually made ground on the tiring leaders.
ASTON Villa manager John Gregory is set to adopt a softly-softly approach and not thrust midfielder Hassan Kachloul straight back into action after his double brain scan.
Hopes had been high that all five would be released alive as the British Government pursued a softly-softly approach through official Iraqi channels.
Hopes had been high that all five would be released alive as the UK Government pursued a softly-softly approach through official Iraqi channels.
BOSSES are being urged to adopt a softly-softly approach to staff who take sickies to see Celtic in the final.
The November 2001 son of Droopys Woods was just one spot slower than quickest Gold Cup heat winner Hawkins Flyer, but Soppitt intends to adopt a softly-softly approach with him.
All the do-gooders and the softly-softly brigade have had their way of dealing with thugs, yobs and all the other anti-social behaviour and it hasn't worked - as most of us said it wouldn't.
DAVID LODER's softly-softly approach with his two-year-olds, in stark contrast to last year's early winning burst, is now starting to pay dividends and, following the initial success of Silver Seeker at Newmarket on Friday, there was a victory for Harb under Richard Hills in the six-furlong juvenile maiden, writes Will O'Hanlon.
But Edinburgh's softly-softly approach was criticised last night by the people who live and work in the city.