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breathe easily

To relax. To be free from worry. I can finally breathe easily now that I'm done my term paper—I had been working on that thing all day every day for weeks!
See also: breathe, easily

breathe easy

to assume a relaxed state after a stressful period. After this crisis is over, I'll be able to breathe easy again. He won't be able to breathe easy until he pays off his debts.
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easier said than done

Cliché said of a task that is easier to talk about than to do. Yes, we must find a cure for cancer, but it's easier said than done. Finding a good job is easier said than done.
See also: done, easy, said

breathe easy

to relax Baseball fans can breathe easy now that the players' strike is over.
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easier said than done

less difficult to talk about than to do Gun control may be a good idea, but actually getting the guns out of the peoples' hands is easier said than done.
See also: done, easy, said

easier said than done

something that you say when something seems like a good idea but it would be difficult to do The doctor says I should stop smoking but that's easier said than done.
See also: done, easy, said

breathe easy

Also, breathe easily or freely . Relax, feel relieved from anxiety, stress, or tension. For example, Now that exams are over with, I can breathe easy, or Whenever I'm back in the mountains, I can breathe freely again. This idiom originally (late 1500s) was put as breathe again, implying that one had stopped breathing (or held one's breath) while feeling anxious or nervous. Shakespeare had it in King John (4:2): "Now I breathe again aloft the flood." The variant dates from the first half of the 1800s.
See also: breathe, easy

easier said than done

Also, more easily said than done. Describing something more readily talked about than accomplished, as in Keeping the cats off the sofa is easier said than done. This expression also was put as sooner or better said than done . Today, the variant ( more easily) is still heard less often than the original. [c. 1450]
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Badness can be got easily and in shoals: the road to her is smooth, and she lives very near us.
Yet Zeus can easily give great wealth to a greater number.
Happy would it have been for me if I could as easily have avoided all other disagreeable company; but, alas
The next two obstacles, the water course and the barrier, were easily crossed, but Vronsky began to hear the snorting and thud of Gladiator closer upon him.
I was innocent; that could easily be proved; accordingly I followed my conductor in silence and was led to one of the best houses in the town.
In addition, H5N1 doesn't spread easily from human to human, which is why there have been so few human cases.
In later tests, the easily hypnotized individuals identified clashing colors faster than the other study participants did.
3D in communicating data is due to the ability to include 2D drawings and other Microsoft Office file formats in a single file and email it easily around the world.
Over time as an organization grows and drive prices drop, the ability to easily and transparently expand the Exchange data drive is important.
It is bacteria- and stain-resistant, fluid-proof, easily maintained, and durable.
However, subscribers do not yet have the ability to easily distribute their mobile media.
Subscribers will never again need to manually enter contact information on the phone's keypad; Remo's 'Push-to-Phone' capability easily downloads names, numbers and Email addresses directly into the phone's built-in phonebook.
Coupled with the fact that the SAs have little involvement in where the storage facilities for their applications reside, this means that SAs now need a storage management solution that enables them to easily create the logical connections between the physical facilities they deal with on a daily basis.
Can they be easily removed for that purpose, or are there plastic inserts for holding personal items, with the inserts being easily removed and cleaned?
Unlike other P2P networks or limited file sharing programs, Tubes allows everyone to easily and automatically share anything with the entire group while eliminating the risk that comes from posting personal content to public websites.