Deflecting mean-spirited or judgmental opinions by providing a disingenuous or superficial compliment.
Similar to a complimentary facial, except used as a means of escape from an awkward situation rather than to insult.
J: That new girl is such a geek.
M: Oh shit, she's coming over here.
J: Hey Gina...uhhh I like ur braces!
M: You tinged that quite nicely.