1. To pull something back slowly and carefully. Whoa, ease back on the joystick before you break the whole controller!
2. To adopt a more lenient approach. I think you need to ease back on your punishment. I mean, it's not like he got into serious trouble.
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(on something) to move something back slowly and carefully. (Usually refers to a throttle or some other control on an airplane or other vehicle.) Ann eased back on the throttle and slowed down. Please ease back on the volume control a little. You will deafen us.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
1. To move something backward slowly and gently: The pilot eased back the control stick and the plane began to rise. You'll be more comfortable in the airplane if you ease the seat back and take a nap. I realized I was speeding, so I eased back on the accelerator.
2. To act with less intensity or severity: The school has eased back on punishments for being late. The teachers were criticizing the students very harshly, so the principal asked them to ease back.
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