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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Your instincts could be right - he's either doing the cowardly thing of letting you down gently because he thinks it'll hurt less or he genuinely needs some space.
But do you think there's a chance she is now letting YOU down gently after your boozy, confessional night got out of hand?