from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. Informal To flatter in order to gain something; cajole.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Persuasion by means of flattery or pleasing words.
- v. To attempt to persuade by flattery or pleasing words.
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Martin washed woollens that day, by hand, in a large barrel, with strong soft-soap, by means of a hub from a wagon wheel, mounted on
Martin, after a few instructions, sorted the great heaps of soiled clothes, while Joe started the masher and made up fresh supplies of soft-soap, compounded of biting chemicals that compelled him to swathe his mouth and nostrils and eyes in bath - towels till he resembled a mummy.
Seldom one to soft-soap the electorate, Scriven described them as attacking the firefighters who have come to put out the economic fire.
Danny tried to soft-soap Mayweather by thanking him for giving him an opportunity to meet up with his estranged brother this weekend; Robert trains Brandon Rios, who is attending as Mayweather's guest.
The US media was ordered to soft-soap war reporting.
In any event, assuming that Labour and the laughably named Liberal ‘Democrats’ bulldoze the Bill through to Royal Assent this week, any amendment to the Treaty procured in an effort to soft-soap the Irish may well be construed as a Treaty which falls within the ambit of Section 5 which provides that certain treaties may not be ratified without the approval of Parliament.
The track is worth the price of the album just to hear Mr. Girlfriend sing, "No short-haired, yellow-bellied son of Tricky Dicky's gonna Mother Hubbard soft-soap me with just a pocketful of hope," after which you wonder why Matthew hasn't attempted a full-on angry album yet (Altered Beast comes the closest).
When did he soft-soap Iran and when did Iran threaten Israel with genocide?
I haven't decided yet how I will write them in the future, but I do not wish to come across as angry or mean-spirited, though I also don't wish to soft-soap the opinions that, solicited or not, I sit down here to write.
When he isn't hard-selling himself in his conquering hero's mask, he lets the media soft-soap us into either mistaking him for a peace-loving saviour, or taking him for our fantasy lover by saving our favourite pieces of his frequent public appearances.
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