cushion/soften the blow

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Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of cushion/soften the blow

: 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

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

  2. : a bodily part resembling a pad

  3. : something resembling a cushion: such as

  1. : to seat or place on a cushion

  2. : to suppress by ignoring

  3. : to furnish with a cushion

soften play
  1. : to make soft or softer

  2. : to weaken the military resistance or the morale of especially by harassment (such as preliminary bombardment)

  3. : to impair the strength or resistance of

blow play
  1. : to be in motion

  2. : to move with speed or force

  3. : to move or run quickly

  1. : an instance of air moving with speed or force : a blowing of wind especially when strong or violent

  2. : brag, boasting

  3. : an act or instance of blowing (see 1blow)

  1. : flower, bloom

  1. : blossoms

  2. : bloom:2

  1. : a forcible stroke delivered with a part of the body (such as the fist) or with an instrument

  2. : a hostile act or state : combat

  3. : a forcible or sudden act or effort : assault


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