let (one) down easy

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let (one) down easy

To deliver bad news to one in the kindest or least upsetting way possible. When you tell Ed that somebody already asked you to the dance, please let him down easy. I tried to let Susan down easy, but she burst into tears nonetheless.
See also: down, easy, let

let down easy

see under let someone down.
See also: down, easy, let
References in classic literature ?
"Come along, boys," cries East, always ready to leave "the grind," as he called it; "our old coach is laid up, you know, and we shall have one of the new masters, who's sure to go slow and let us down easy."
We all know the film won't resolve its dilemma (for the record, it winds up somewhere in the middle); the only question is whether it'll find some halfway-clever way to let us down easy -- and, fortunately, it does.
There's a very definite edge towards rockier territory here and a few slices of trademark brilliance (Fix It, Sink Ships), as well as the souled-out Let Us Down Easy.
Let Us Down Easy is Band-styled country, Magick is Raconteurs rock and roll, and Evergreen has hints of Paul Simon.