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

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
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Russia and China appeared to soften their stance by backing UN criticism of a refusal to allow humanitarian chief Baroness Amos to visit Syria.
Spurs are understood to be considering other options in the belief Boro are unlikely to soften their stance.
Whether that is indeed the end of the matter remains to be seen, although Spurs are now understood to be considering other options in the belief Boro are unlikely to soften their stance.
POLICE in Manchester look ready to soften their stance over the huge numbers of Rangers fans expected in the city next week.
After hours of tough discussions, EU foreign ministers have decided to soften their stance on Serbia.
He made the comments in reference to reports that ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) officials may soften their stance on the bills.
If the clubs refuse to soften their stance, it is believed that Kennedy will dig into his own pocket and finance all of the reputed pounds 900,000 deal.
David Trimble and other party chiefs refused to soften their stance on the anti-agreement MP despite more than two hours of talks with his supporters.
Nothing has ever been released on the contents of these bilateral, and very rarely trilateral, talks between the Iranian and the Russian and the Chinese delegations, and it is not yet clear if the three countries coordinate their stances in these bilateral meetings or the Russians and the Chinese play the role of persuasive interlocutors to convince Tehran's representatives to soften their stances.