cushion/soften the blow

idiom

: 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.

Examples of cushion/soften the blow in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Regulators are not being shy about forcing banks to stock up on capital to cushion the blow from loan losses — instead of paying out dividends. Matt Egan, CNN, 9 Feb. 2024 Bill that threatened them is dead House bill would soften the blow Rep. Spencer Roach, R-North Fort Myers, has filed a companion to Avila’s bill in the Florida House with language that would soften the legislation’s impacts. Aaron Leibowitz, Miami Herald, 25 Jan. 2024 Sustainable? Ramsey County officials announced their 2024-25 budget and did so using carefully selecting wording to soften the blow. Letter Writers, Twin Cities, 1 Jan. 2024 Even the Tesla bulls must be questioning whether Elon himself sees where his stock is headed, and wants to get a lot more for free to cushion the blow. Marco Quiroz-Gutierrez, Fortune, 25 Jan. 2024 But the law has worried some business owners, who say the government’s measures don’t do enough to cushion the blow to cafes – or their resident animals. Cnn.com Wire Service, The Mercury News, 12 Jan. 2024 Thompson leaned in with the help of state Assembly Speaker Willie Brown (D-San Francisco) — who found some state funding to soften the blow of a teachers’ salary cut that still reached 10%. Howard Blume, Los Angeles Times, 22 Dec. 2023 But having something special to put up in its place can help soften the blow. Alyssa Grabinski, Peoplemag, 15 Dec. 2023 Still, the bank thinks falling oil prices will help to soften the blow as this will translate to lower costs. WSJ, 14 Dec. 2023 See More

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