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softball

noun [U]     /ˈsɒftbɔːl/ US
informal a method of doing something that is not forceful, determined, or unpleasant: With its burgeoning trade deficit, the US is in no mood to play softball. → Compare hardball
a softball question informal a question that is easy to answer: I know this is probably like a softball question to you, but are you going to go ask Congress for more money and more staff? News crews lobbed softball questions.
(Definition of softball noun from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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