cushion/soften the blow

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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.

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“Cushion/soften the blow.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cushion%2Fsoften%20the%20blow. Accessed 15 Aug. 2020.

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