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go easy

1. To act with prudence or caution. Go easy lifting those boxes into the attic; you don't want to throw your back out again!
2. To treat or handle gently; to not be overly critical or negative. I know you're upset about the TV, but go easy on the kids. It was just an accident. I know you like to give honest feedback, but go easy, she spent all week writing that paper.
3. To use or take a small or appropriate amount of something. You really should go easy on the fried food. It can't be good for your health. Go easy! I don't like my food too salty.
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go easy

1. Act or proceed with caution, as in Go easy moving that bookcase, or Go easy on the subject of layoffs. [Late 1800s] Also see easy does it; take it easy.
2. go easy with or on ; go light on. Use sparingly, as in Go easy with the makeup; a little lipstick is enough, or Go light on the salt. [Colloquial; early 1900s]
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Khan was found wanting at a higher level in that, his first loss, and Fagan has no intention of going easy on the Bolton fighter.
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Criticised for going easy on one of India's hottest action film heroes, police yesterday filed new manslaughter charges against Salman Khan.
Trainer Bob Baffert declared himself pleased with his colt's work on Monday, saying: "He was going easy early, then he picked it up.
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But, instead of going easy on his remaining 359 parishioners, Rev Daniel Hawthorn, from Belhelvie in Aberdeenshire, is asking members to contribute at least pounds 10 a week.
The Bulls have beaten the Rhinos in their last five meetings, including this year's Challenge Cup final, and with revenge and top spot at stake, Powell insists his players will not be going easy.
The five people running against District Attorney Steve Cooley in the March 2 election have accused the Toluca Lake Republican of doing little to combat gang violence, dropping the ball on major investigations and going easy on high-level government corruption.
But Kocijan reckons refs are going easy on Beckham.