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  1. Mehrgan's Avatar
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    'To let someone down gently'?

    Hi,

    Can this mean the same as 'to break news to someone', in case it's bad news?

    I would add this question to a previous thread if it wasn't closed.

    https://www.usingenglish.com/forum/a...-bad-news.html



    I'd really appreciate it if you could give me a common example. (I was wondering if this is a common usage, too!)

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    Re: 'To let someone down gently'?

    Yes, "Let them down gently" means to soften the delivery of bad news.

    Examples: A girl wishes to break up with a guy. She says, "I think we should take a break."

    A guy's investments have tanked. His broker says, 'Our choices haven't performed well."

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