give (something) a rest

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give (something) a rest

To cease doing something, usually temporarily. The doctor told me I have to give running a rest until my ankle heals.
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give something a rest

If someone gives something a rest, they stop doing it for a period of time. I have been giving team fishing a rest this season.
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give something a ˈrest

(informal) stop doing something for a while: He first started his university degree some ten years ago, but gave it a rest for a few years before starting again last year.
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