Synonyms of soften someone up in English:

soften someone up


See definition of soften someone up

phrase

1‘they used long-range shelling to soften up defensive positions’

SYNONYMS

weaken, undermine someone's resistance, reduce someone's defensive capability

2‘he would soften up potential buyers in the pub before a sale’

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charm, win over, persuade, influence, undermine someone's resistance, disarm, work on, sweeten, butter up, soft-soap

British informal nobble