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lighten (one's/someone's) wallet

1. To spend a large amount of money. (When speaking of one's own actions.) My sister loves to shop. She's always out looking for new ways to lighten her wallet.
2. To take money from someone; to cause someone to spend a significant amount of money. (When speaking of someone or something acting on another person.) Sure, it's a nice hotel, but it will lighten your wallet faster than you can say "overpriced." I'm always wary of souvenir merchants in foreign cities, whose sole objective is to lighten travelers' wallets.
See also: lighten, wallet

lighten something up

to make something lighter or brighter. Some white paint will lighten this room up a lot. The sunlight came in and lightened up the kitchen.
See also: lighten, up

lighten up

to become lighter or brighter. (See also lighten up (on someone or something).) We applied a new coat of white paint to the walls, and the room lightened up considerably. The sky is beginning to lighten up a little.
See also: lighten, up

lighten up (on someone or something)

to be less rough and demanding or rude with someone or something. Please lighten up on her. You are being very cruel. You are too harsh. Lighten up.
See also: lighten, up

lighten up

to be less serious about something People are usually relieved when they're given a chance to lighten up.
Usage notes: often used as an order: When she complained that these people were being treated badly, he told her, “Lighten up.”
Related vocabulary: get a life
See also: lighten, up

lighten your load

also lighten the load
to make something easier for you to deal with Every kind of helper, from eye doctors to massage therapists, volunteered time to lighten the rescue workers' load.
See also: lighten, load

lighten somebody's/the load

to make a difficult or upsetting situation easier to deal with Anyway, we'll be getting a temp in next month to do some of this work so that should lighten your load.
See also: lighten, load

lighten up

Become or cause to become less serious or gloomy, and more cheerful. For example, Lighten up, Sam-it'll turn out all right. This slangy expression transfers reducing a physical weight to a change of mood or attitude.
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lighten up

1. To make something appear lighter in shade: The artist lightened up the paint by mixing in some white. Those mirrors really lighten the room up.
2. To become lighter in shade: These pants are too dark now, but they will lighten up after they've been washed a lot.
3. To make something more pleasant and less serious or depressing: The jokes lightened up the tone of the meeting. I didn't mean to be disrespectful—I was just trying to lighten things up.
4. To take matters less seriously: Everything will work out fine, so stop worrying and lighten up.
See also: lighten, up
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It's lightened our model's hair evenly by two shades, but has still kept all the natural variation in tones.
Once you've lightened your hair, you can go fairer still with DIY colour, says Stuart.
The studio is located at 128A Tremont Street, just steps from the Park Street T, and is a hip, tattoo-friendly place to have a tattoo removed or lightened to put something else in its place.
We understand that the reason people want their tattoo removed or lightened is as unique and personal as the reason they got it.
It was a bit dark, so I lightened the mood by doing Craig David on the karaoke.
Controls will be lightened on pigmeat, tomatoes and citrus fruits immediately and scientific discussions will be staged on liberalising chicken meat controls and further easing those for pigmeat.
Bair reportedly said yesterday (6 November) that he is confident the aircraft can be lightened by 2.
Long ago, if you were dark skinned, you were not classed as being beautiful and so I feel some people lightened their skin because of that.
The regular balsamic contains 100 calories and 11 grams fat per 2-tablespoon serving while the lightened up sun-dried tomato has 60 calories and 4 grams fat in the same size serving.
His shirt collar has been fixed,his shirt lightened, and his creases smoothed.
How many trees do we need to have and how much surface area needs to be lightened for optimum energy savings?
The premium line includes products to care for hair that has been lightened or darkened as well as slightly or more severely damaged.
This creates an effect of blonder hair when in fact only a fraction of it has been lightened.
More importantly they've got camellia oil to keep your lightened locks in good nick.
Brunettes can get vibrant reds without bleach via a salon system like L'Oreal Magirouge, but purples, pinks and blues need to be put on lightened hair.