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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 gentlyseek to give someone bad news in a way that avoids causing them too much distress or humiliation.
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