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ease off

1. To become less harsh or severe. I think you need to ease off on your punishment. I mean, it's not like he got into serious trouble. When did the weatherman say this thunderstorm is supposed to ease off?
2. To lessen slowly over time. I think you should try to sell your house now because skyrocketing prices in the area will probably ease off soon.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

ease off (on someone or something)

 and ease up (on someone or something)
to reduce the urgency with which one deals with someone or something; to put less pressure on someone or something. Ease off on John. He has been yelled at enough today. Yes, please ease off. I can't stand any more. Tell them to ease up on the horses. They are getting tired.
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ease off

(on someone or something ) and ease up (on someone or something ) to reduce the urgency with which one deals with someone or something; to put less pressure on someone or something. Ease off on John. He has been yelled at enough today. Yes, please ease off. I can't stand any more. Tell them to ease up on the horses. They are getting tired.
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ease off

[for something] to diminish. The rain began to ease off. The storm seems to have eased off a little.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

ease off

1. Also, ease up. Lessen in severity, relax; abate. For example, I wish you'd ease off on Harold; he's doing the best he can, or The wind's eased up so I think the storm is just about over. [Late 1800s] Also see let up.
2. Fall away, gradually decrease, as in The market's easing off, so we may get some stocks more cheaply. [Late 1800s]
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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

ease off

v.
1. To diminish gradually in intensity or severity: My headache eased off after I took an aspirin.
2. To move away from someone or something slowly and carefully: The snake eased off from the mongoose. Better ease off—they have a gun.
3. To treat someone less severely: The principal eased off on the student and only gave a warning. The coach has made us practice very hard and hasn't eased off for days.
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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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"It was 35 metres of hard work then I eased off, and just cruised home," she said.
While there can be no doubting that the Welsh economy has been hit very hard by this recession, there is also no doubt either that the deterioration in the economy has eased off very considerably in the last few months.
In the second period, Birtley eased off and Brandon took advantage with a McTathern brace to level.
But the weather eased off and Pool were able to maintain their fine recent form courtesy of Eifion Williams' early goal.
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Conroy got off to a slower start and was fishing with blood worm and joker at 13 metres and caster at 14metres, working both swims throughout, changing from one to another as bites eased off.
Jaguar eased off the gas in the second half, but excellent defence by Ranjit Mawee, Mark Herbert and Michael Tee kept them in control.
He said: "We eased off late in the game as we did at Ipswich and Liverpool.
He looked well on track to win the 200m yesterday and, with 30 metres to go, he eased off, only to allow Coventry's Rob Kerry to steal the title with his last stride.
But with both sides bringing on replacements Tigers eased off the pedal allowing Irish back in the game.
British naval officers were hoping to begin towing HMCS Chicoutim as weather conditions eased off the west coast of Ireland.
"I found it tough and eased off the pace in the last five minutes of the first half.
"Luckily, the rain eased off around midday, otherwise we might have been in trouble as it came on again strongly later in the afternoon."