break it (to one) gently

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break it (to one) gently

To deliver or reveal bad news to one in a calm manner so that one does not get upset. Sarah's been working on this project for months, so let's try to break it to her gently that the bosses have decided to scrap it. I was hoping I could break it gently, but I guess there's no other way of saying this. Jeff, you're fired.
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But someone should break it gently to him that his most recent career move may not have been a wise one - he's signed up to get a grilling from Ronna and Beverly.