Definition of softly-softly in English:

Share this entry


Entry from British & World English dictionary


[attributive] British
Cautious and patient: he urged the president to use a softly-softly approach to the crisis
More example sentences
  • So it has gone for the softly-softly approach of small and gradual rate rises.
  • We have urged the government to act, but she has told us that the softly-softly approach was the right policy.
  • The planning area generally, says Young, is one that requires a blend of ‘consultation and the softly-softly approach’ to make sure that building projects are not delayed or scuppered completely.

For editors and proofreaders

Line breaks: softly-softly

Share this entry

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.