soften the blow

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soften the blow

To make something easier, more manageable, or less harmful. The government is introducing financial reliefs to soften the blow to those affected by the devastating floods. Playgrounds typically have sand or rubber grounds to help soften the blow if children fall off the play structures.
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soften the blow

COMMON If something softens the blow, it makes an unpleasant change or piece of news seem less unpleasant and easier to accept. Attempts were made to soften the blow, by reducing what some people had to pay. Note: You can also say that something cushions the blow. The firm is offering to cushion the blow with a £4,000 cash handout spread over two years.
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soften (or cushion) the blow

make it easier to cope with a difficult change or upsetting news.
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cushion/soften the ˈblow

make something unpleasant seem less unpleasant and easier to accept: When he lost his job he was offered a cash payment to soften the blow.
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AI groupies Melissa Etheridge and Tammy Lynn Michaels tried to soften the blow by having her over for dinner, but let's face it-all of the lesbian love-ins in the world won't get our Idol Most Likely to Perform in a Bathhouse back into the competition.
That issue is Measure 28, and it would raise income taxes temporarily in order to soften the blow of the current economic downturn.
The Government moved to soften the blow by setting up a task force to regenerate the area and giving pounds 10m towards a redundancy package.
If the young Spaniard signs it will soften the blow of the loss of club skipper Barry Ferguson who is still certain to leave in the summer with a host of English Premiership sides interested in signing him.
Panelists want accurate information on bad debts to devise the most effective ways to soften the blow for smaller firms from the government's policy of prodding banks to clear bad loans from their books, they said.
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The employee is more likely to remember the criticism and assume the praise was included only to soften the blow.
This is one of the toughest taxes to avoid or mitigate, but careful, advance planning can help soften the blow somewhat.
To soften the blow, in February, the company announced a reshuffling of its top management and said it would 10% of its workforce over the next three years.
Utility lobbyists and their pals in state legislatures are conferring now to work out a process that will soften the blow of the decommissioning or sale of nuclear plants on utilities as new competition only accentuates the economic disadvantages of nuclear-energy production.
Liberals tried to soften the blow by pushing for job training, transitional child care, and Medicaid benefits.
Make sure they also know that if it is bad news, we can soften the blow by getting it all out ourselves.
The reunion will perhaps soften the blow for Mossbrucker fans disappointed that he will now dance only part-time with the company, as will Jodie Gates, Meg Gurin, and Daniel Baudendistel, according to company officials.
The executive who considers those options now, and selects the applicable, can soften the blow when taxtime 1996 rolls around.
In developing the accounting standards for pensions and other postemployment benefits, for instance, the FASB listened to its constituents and allowed for a lengthy transition period to soften the blow of adoption, and the board took a corridor approach to reduce the impact of long-term decisions on the income statement.