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cushion the blow

To ease the pain or stress of something unpleasant. When my daughter had to get a shot at the doctor's office, I tried to cushion the blow by telling her we would go out for ice cream afterward.
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cushion/soften the ˈblow

make something unpleasant seem less unpleasant and easier to accept: When he lost his job he was offered a cash payment to soften the blow.
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He was placed on injured reserve, but with Fiset proving his injured right hand was again healthy, it cushioned the blow of losing Storr.
Sponge in the earmuff-style headset Kate Fitzpatrick was wearing cushioned the blow when a car ploughed into her on a pelican crossing, throwing her 10ft into the air.
Pc Darren Dacosta, of Huddersfield traffic police, said: "The camper van slowed the lorry down and cushioned the blow for the other two vehicles.
McCarthy also admitted Elliott's emergence this season has cushioned the blow of missing out on another Republic of Ireland forward, David Connolly, who is set to face the Black Cats at the Walker's Stadium.
Although the weak dollar has cushioned the blow somewhat, it has been a year of rising prices and it is getting worse, not better.
Hammers moved fast as they cushioned the blow of losing Carlos Tevez and waved their cheque book around to beat off Bellamy's old clubs Blackburn and Newcastle, plus Aston Villa.