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Meaning of “soften the blow” in the English Dictionary

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soften the blow

(also cushion the blow) to make a ​badsituation less ​serious: He ​lost his ​job, but he has enough ​money in the ​bank to ​soften the blow.

soften the blow

to make a ​difficultexperience less ​unpleasant: I put my ​arm around her before I gave her the ​badnews to ​try to ​soften the ​blow.
(Definition of soften the blow from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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