at ease

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at ease

1. Calm and comfortable with a particular task or in a certain environment. She seems much more at ease now that she's been doing her new job for a month. Kids are usually at ease once they become accustomed to the routine of kindergarten.
2. In relaxed posture, as of soldiers in the military. At ease, gentlemen!
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at ease

without worry or anxiety. The performer is at ease on the stage. After she had met a few people, Mary felt at ease with the group.
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at ease

relaxed and comfortable The girl behind the bar was completely at ease, chatting with her customers as she mixed their drinks.
Usage notes: often used in the form put someone at ease (make someone comfortable): We were greeted by a young woman who immediately put us at ease.
Opposite of: ill at ease
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at ease

1. Also, at one's ease. Comfortable, relaxed, unembarrassed, as in I always feel at ease in my grandmother's house. The related idiom put at ease means "make comfortable, reassure," as in I was worried that the letter would not arrive in time, but the postmaster put me at ease . [1300s] For the antonym, see ill at ease.
2. In a relaxed position in military ranks. The phrase is often used as a command for troops standing at attention to relax, as in At ease, squadron. The command stand at ease is slightly different. A British military dictionary of 1802 described it as standing with the right foot drawn back about six inches and one's weight put on it. An American version is to stand with one's feet slightly apart and the hands clasped behind one's back.
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at ease

1. In a relaxed position, especially standing silently at rest with the right foot stationary: put the soldiers at ease while waiting for inspection.
2. Used as a command for troops to assume a relaxed position.
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References in classic literature ?
Yet she had just sufficiently that touch of languor which puts one at one's ease, though indeed it was rather the languor of waiting for what was going to happen than the weariness of experience gone by.
Was it not the least that one could do to swear at one's ease and revile the name of God a little, on so fine a day, in such good company as dignitaries of the church and loose women?
To sit at one's ease and poetise--that is a pleasure; everybody has something agreeable to say to you, and you are always your own master.
You understand and you know how it was, so I shall not wear out your patience; still, if you do not smoke, you cannot imagine how pleasant it was to smoke a pipe at one's ease with Renard and the girl's father and one's princess there before one's eyes.
I do not know a more luxurious state, sir, than sitting at one's ease to be entertained a whole evening by two such young women; sometimes with music and sometimes with conversation.
It is all to do with expressing the warmth of friendship, being at one's ease, and sharing cheerfully and unstintingly, however much or little one has.