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English definition of “soften sb up”

soften sb up

phrasal verb with soften     /ˈsɒf.ən/ US  /ˈsɑː.fən/ verb [I or T]
to do things that will please someone so that they will do what you want: You're trying to soften me up so I'll drive you to Jodie's house, aren't you?Urging and persuadingCausing somebody to act
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