soften up

phrasal verb
softened up; softening up; softens up

Definition of soften up

1 : to treat (someone) very well or kindly in order to make that person more likely to help one, give one something, etc. He tried to soften her up by buying her flowers.
2 : to weaken (an enemy) through military attacks They used artillery to soften up the enemy's defenses before launching a full-scale attack.

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“Soften up.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/soften%20up. Accessed 30 Sep. 2020.

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