let (someone) down easy/gently

idiom

Definition of let (someone) down easy/gently

: to give someone unpleasant news in a gentle or kind way
  • I knew I had to fire her, but I was trying to think of a way to let her down easy.

Word by Word Definitions

let play
  1. : to cause to : make

  2. : to give opportunity to or fail to prevent

  3. used in the imperative to introduce a request or proposal

  1. : something that impedes : obstruction

  2. : a shot or point in racket games that does not count and must be replayed

  1. : hinder, prevent

  1. : small one

  2. : article worn on

someone play
  1. : some person : somebody

down play
  1. : toward or in a lower physical position

  2. : to a lying or sitting position

  3. : toward or to the ground, floor, or bottom

  1. : down (see 1down) along, around, through, toward, in, into, or on

  1. : to cause to go or come down (see 1down) : such as

  2. : to cause to fall by or as if by shooting : bring down

  3. : consume

  1. : occupying a low position

  2. : directed or going downward

  3. : lower in price

  1. : descent, depression

  2. : an instance of putting down someone (such as an opponent in wrestling)

  3. : a complete play to advance the ball

  1. : an undulating usually treeless upland with sparse soil

  2. : a sheep of any breed originating in the downs of southern England

  1. : a covering of soft fluffy feathers

  2. : something soft and fluffy like down

  1. : down syndrome

easy play
  1. : causing or involving little difficulty or discomfort

  2. : requiring or indicating little effort, thought, or reflection

  3. : not severe : lenient

  1. : easily

  2. : without undue speed or excitement

  3. : without worry or care

gentle play gently
  1. : belonging to a family of high social station

  2. : chivalrous

  3. : honorable, distinguished

  1. : a person of gentle (see 1gentle 1a) birth or status

  1. : to raise from the commonalty : ennoble

  2. : to make gentler

  3. : to make (an animal) tame and docile


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