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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.
See also: lighten, up

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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With Rapid Age Spot and Pigment Lightening Serum, we are able to take an already award-winning formula and update it to bring faster, more visible results to individuals dealing with the effects of environmental damage.
The dead include four children who became victim of lightening while they were playing in the field in Aurgabad district, the sources noted.
It has been used in cosmetic products such as skin lightening creams and hair dyeing in the past.
Amazon, Lightening Source and Ingram said they will appeal the decision.
The 26-year-old, from Edgbaston, also spent seven years working as a shop assistant in a Birminghambased black beauty shop where she sold skin lightening items.
With a surname of Lightening, Arthur was a dream for football headline writers and they had a field day after his debut for Boro, a 6-1 defeat at Newcastle.
We finally have a way to dissolving melanin on the skin, which means we can achieve lightening much faster, without irritation," said Dr.
The standout of the session could be Castlemartin Stud's half-sister to Group 1 Cheveley Park Stakes winner Lightening Pearl, by Elusive City (lot 764), who promised to be one of the stars of the Goffs Orby yearling sale but missed the auction after developing a stone bruise.
Safe and effective skin lightening agents are at a premium in the lucrative cosmetic and dermatologic industries and we have two leading compounds.
AROUND 300 properties were affected by a power cut, believed to have been caused by lightening striking an overhead cable.
Booty Call is a skin lightening cream for intimate areas such as the anus, vagina, nipples and underarms for people suffering from hyperpigmentation in those areas.
Massachusetts' first studio to specialize exclusively in tattoo removal and lightening has opened its third location in less than 3 years.
Allan Harwood, Coventry Trading Standards business compliance manager said: "Skin lightening products are used for lightening areas of heavy pigmentation such as moles, birth marks and age spots.
In another development, seven people died after hit by lightening in different parts of eastern Indian state of Odhisa in the evening today.