Meaning of “soften the blow” in the English Dictionary

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"soften the blow" in American English

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soften the blow

also cushion the blow

to make a bad situation less serious:

He lost his job, but he has enough money in the bank to soften the blow.

soften the blow

to make a difficult experience less unpleasant:

I put my arm around her before I gave her the bad news to try to soften the blow.

(Definition of “soften the blow” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)