soften sb up
— phrasal verb with soften uk /ˈsɒf.ən/ us /ˈsɑː.fən/ verb [ I or T ]
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(Definition of “soften sb up” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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