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    Idion or phrase for 'proposing a change in plan"

    Is there a phrase or an idiom related to -> 'suggesting or proposing a change in plan with no intention of disappointing any one of the parties concerned'

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    #2

    Re: Idion or phrase for 'proposing a change in plan"

    What is the context?
    Why would you want to express it differently from you have written which is clear enough to me? Proposing is better than suggesting. A proposal is subject to approval so I do not see the concern about parties being disappointed.
    "One" should be omitted.

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    Re: Idion or phrase for 'proposing a change in plan"

    If you look after/take care of everyone, you will ensure that no one is disappointed, but I can't think of an exact idiom off-hand.

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    Re: Idion or phrase for 'proposing a change in plan"

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    If you look after/take care of everyone, you will ensure that no one is disappointed, but I can't think of an exact idiom off-hand.

    Thank you both for your reply. I was wondering if there is any phrase that describes such a situation just the way the phrase <throwing a spanner> is used in relevant context.

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    #5

    Re: Idion or phrase for 'proposing a change in plan"

    ''I think it's time to switch to plan B."

    Does this fit with your context?
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    #6

    Re: Idion or phrase for 'proposing a change in plan"

    In the U.S., we often call it making a friendly amendment:

    - Here's a friendly amendment.
    - May I offer a friendly amendment?
    - I have a friendly amendment I'd like to suggest.
    - I propose this friendly amendment.
    - We were stuck until Dev made his friendly amendment.

    That's not good for every situation, because it's somewhat formal, but it's the only expression I can think of that comes close to your meaning.

    More informally, when we're proposing a simpler plan or easier approach, we often say something with the word just:

    - Why don't we just spend the whole week there?
    - Let's just let it melt.
    - Maybe if we just ignore him he'll go away.

    I hope that helps!
    Last edited by Charlie Bernstein; 18-Apr-2015 at 14:46.
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