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lighten (one'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.
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lighten (one's) load

To help make something less difficult, upsetting, or overwhelming for one. Thankfully my wife's family will be there when we move to help lighten our load a bit. I'm so sorry for your loss, Jen. If there's anything we can do to lighten your load, please don't hesitate to ask.
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lighten the load

To help make something less difficult, upsetting, or overwhelming for one. Thankfully my wife's family will be there when we move to help lighten the load a bit. I'm so sorry for your loss, Jen. If there's anything we can do to lighten the load, please don't hesitate to ask.
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lighten up

1. To brighten something in color. I think some new highlights will lighten up your hair and really refresh your look.
2. To act less seriously or sternly. In this usage, "lighten up" is a set phrase. A: "I think he definitely needs to be grounded." B: "Oh, lighten up—it's not like you never made stupid mistakes as a kid."
3. To cause someone or something to become less serious or stern. It's a funeral—nothing you do will lighten up the mood.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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

v.
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.
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Although skin lightening is a centuries old practice, it has increased in recent years (Charles 2003; Del Giudice and Yves 2002; Hunter 2011: 153; Jablonski 2012; Lewis et al.
Although the mechanism of action of GSH favours its use as a skin lightening agent, there is lack of evidence.
Like HQ, it also whitens skin by stopping tyrosinase activity, but unlike the former, its preservative qualities make it last longer compared to other lightening ingredients.
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.
For over 40 years, Reviva Labs has built a huge fan base of satisfied users of their skin lightening creams.
She insists and lectures that skin lightening is part of any black woman's life.
Jar Allah said the mountainous areas of Hodeida are prone to thunder and lightening storms that often catch people off guard.
Our mothers wore their Afros with pride and the thought of lightening the skin was unthinkable.
KIRKUK / Aswat al-Iraq: One person was killed and five more, from the same family, were wounded as a result of a lightening strike in Kirkuk, according to the chief of Kirkuk District's Police Department.
NASDAQ: ELOS), the leading global aesthetic device company, announced today the publication of results from a clinical study evaluating the skin lightening efficacy and safety of its elure(TM) Advanced Skin Lightening product (lignin peroxidase cream) compared with 2% hydroquinone cream.
This will be the first time Lightening Rod has raced in a field of more than ten runners over fences and the likely strong pace could put his suspect jumping - he fell at Sedgefield on his chase debut last season and unseated last time at Catterick - under serious pressure.
This system also claims to help visibly fade discoloration, increase skin firmness and prevent visible signs of aging, thanks to VITABRIGHTKX, a natural lightening complex that brightens skin without the harmful effects associated with hydroquinone, kojic acid or MAP.
Martin Dwyer again takes the ride aboard Crying Lightening here and the Sandown hill should help her to pull clear of a relatively unexposed field.
BUTWAL, May 6 -- Three persons of a family including a minor died on the spot when lightening struck them at Parsa district on Thursday.