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cushion/soften the blow

Definition of cushion/soften the blow

  1. :  to make one's disappointment less painful <She was disappointed not to get the job, but the promise of another job cushioned/softened the blow.>



Word by Word Definitions

cushionplay
  1. :  a soft pillow or pad usually used for sitting, reclining, or kneeling

    :  a bodily part resembling a pad

    :  something resembling a cushion: as

  1. :  to seat or place on a cushion

    :  to suppress by ignoring

    :  to furnish with a cushion

softenplay
  1. :  to make soft or softer

    :  to become soft or softer

blowplay
  1. :  to be in motion

    :  to move with speed or force

    :  to move or run quickly

  1. :  a blowing of wind especially when strong or violent

    :  brag, boasting

    :  an act or instance of blowing

  1. :  flower, bloom

  1. :  blossoms

    :  bloom

  1. :  a forcible stroke delivered with a part of the body or with an instrument

    :  a hostile act or state :  combat

    :  a forcible or sudden act or effort :  assault


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