spare someone's feelings

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Definition of spare someone's feelings

: to avoid doing or saying something that will hurt someone emotionally : to avoid upsetting someone He admitted that he hadn't told me the whole story because he wanted to spare my feelings. We pretended to like his artwork in order to spare his feelings.

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“Spare someone's feelings.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spare%20someone%27s%20feelings. Accessed 22 Jan. 2021.

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