charm offensive

N-SING (disapproval)
If you say that someone has launched a charm offensive, you disapprove of the fact that they are being very friendly to their opponents or people who are causing problems for them. [JOURNALISM]

He launched what was called a charm offensive against MPs who might not support the Government.


English dictionary. 2008.

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