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softly, softly approach

A calm and thoughtful method for dealing with a problem. Primarily heard in UK, Australia. When dealing with unmotivated teens, the softly, softly approach doesn't always work—sometimes you have to do something to get their attention. Many parents use the softly, softly approach when trying to calm their toddlers' tantrums.
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softly-softly approach

An approach that is cautious, tentative, gradual, and careful, especially to an overbearing degree. (Also written "softly, softly.") I just wish his parents didn't always take the softly-softly approach with him. The kid needs to learn how to be a bit more brazen and independent! I think we should use the softly, softly approach at this stage in development.
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Partner Giovanni Pernice, 26, is using a softly softly approach as Laura, 31, recovers from the ankle injury that forced her to miss a week of the competition.
The softly softly approach of handing out free pooh bags has failed.
BAYERN MUNICH are fed up taking a softly softly approach with moaner Lukas Podolksi.
Nikki takes a softly softly approach to interrogate a young lad whose missing father is mixed up in a drug dealers' turf war and under pressure from an unscrupulous loan shark.
The decision to dump the softly softly approach and hit them in the pocket should put an end to that.
IT is time the police ended their softly softly approach to the peace protesters at Faslane.
Hers is an important health role and it's to be hoped she doesn't adopt a softly softly approach and let the smokers hold sway.
So far it's been the softly softly approach,but now we are beginning to realise that that is getting us nowhere.
McLeish defended his softly softly approach with Zarate and suggested that other clubs would use the South American even more sparingly while he is still learning his trade.
His softly softly approach also squeezed 28 miles out of a litre of fuel.