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.
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let down easy

see under let someone down.
See also: down, easy, let
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Not being able to quit cold turkey, I started using one of those kits that lets you down easy with nicotine patches.