soften (one's or someone's) stance (on something)

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soften (one's or someone's) stance (on something)

1. To become less severe, strict, or inflexible in one's position or beliefs (regarding something). Our dad always said he would never let us have our own phones, but he softened his stance when my sister and I started high school. The senator has indicated that she may be softening her stance on the issue of tax reform.
2. To cause someone else to become less severe, strict, or inflexible in their position or beliefs (regarding something). I've been trying to soften the boss's stance on giving paid parental leave to all new employees. The government was originally adamant in their position on the controversial issue, but the continual protests around the country seem to be softening their stance.
See also: soften, stance
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

soften one's stance (on someone or something)

Fig. to reduce the severity of one's position regarding someone or something. If he would soften his stance on the matter, I could easily become more cooperative.
See also: soften, stance
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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Summary: <p>The speech by Iran's supreme leader during Friday prayers in Tehran this week serves to underscore the fact that the political pendulum is still swinging quickly and erratically in the country.AaNearly two weeks ago, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei appeared to soften his stance toward the country's reformist politicians, saying that he had received no evidence.