Meaning of “soften sb up” in the English Dictionary

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"soften sb up" in British English

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soften sb up

phrasal verb with soften uk /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?

(Definition of “soften sb up” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)