let (one) down gently

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let (one) down gently

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

seek to give someone bad news in a way that avoids causing them too much distress or humiliation.
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Elsewhere, Becky is full of ideas for Christmas with Max but Steve lets her down gently explaining they haven't got any cash.
When she finally plucks up the courage to ask him out for a drink that night, Tony lets her down gently and reveals his secret.