Blow

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Related to softens the blow: be in touch, in droves, without a hitch
Drug slang noun Cocaine
verb To snort a drug, inhale cocaine, or smoke marijuana
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"Unfortunately we weren't able to do it during the Test series, but to do it in the ODI series softens the blow a little bit," added Finn.
Here, she softens the blow of her harsh critique of a struggling historic hotel in St Albans by being so charming.
Let's hope it softens the blow for those facing hardship here and now.