ease up


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ease up (on someone or something)

1. To reduce the amount of physically pressure being placed on someone or something. Ease up on the brakes there. We don't want to come to a stop too suddenly. Ease up, ease up—you're going to crush me!
2. To reduce the emotional pressure or urgency placed on someone. Would you ease up already? I know I messed up the account, so I don't need you scolding me about it. Ease up on Samantha, she's under a lot of pressure at home.
3. To reduce the amount or intensity of some action. You need to ease up on all that running, or you're going to do some serious damage to your knees! He works for such long hours. He's going to have a heart attack if he doesn't ease up soon.
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ease up

(on someone or something ) Go to ease off (on someone or something).
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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