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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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I told him what was coming - and to be fair I went easy on him.
They went easy on him in the first half of the season to try to preserve him for the pennant drive.
She just went easy all the way around, then she started kicking it in.
Labour went easy on more quango bosses yesterday as Scots Secretary Donald Dewar signalled there would be no immediate top- level clear-out at Scottish Enterprise.
But Stephen Wilkins, 54, who was attacked by Tweed after a drunken night out, said magistrates went easy on him because of the publicity surrounding Jade's death.
A few days later, O'Neal claimed he went easy on the 20-year-old prospect because he had met his parents before tipoff and didn't want to embarrass the youngster.