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breathe easily

To relax. To be free from worry. I can finally breathe easily now that I'm done my term paper—I had been working on that thing all day every day for weeks!
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breathe easy

To feel calm or relieved because a stressful situation has ended. With your thesis defense finished, you can finally breathe easy! All week, I was worried about having to give that presentation, so I can breathe easy again now that it's done!
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easier said than done

It is easy to say that one can or will do something, but is much more difficult to actually do it. You vowed to double the amount of last year's donations? Easier said than done. I know you're confident in your idea, but starting a company from the ground up is easier said than done.
See also: done, easy, said

breathe easy

to assume a relaxed state after a stressful period. After this crisis is over, I'll be able to breathe easy again. He won't be able to breathe easy until he pays off his debts.
See also: breathe, easy

easier said than done

Cliché said of a task that is easier to talk about than to do. Yes, we must find a cure for cancer, but it's easier said than done. Finding a good job is easier said than done.
See also: done, easy, said

breathe easy

Also, breathe easily or freely . Relax, feel relieved from anxiety, stress, or tension. For example, Now that exams are over with, I can breathe easy, or Whenever I'm back in the mountains, I can breathe freely again. This idiom originally (late 1500s) was put as breathe again, implying that one had stopped breathing (or held one's breath) while feeling anxious or nervous. Shakespeare had it in King John (4:2): "Now I breathe again aloft the flood." The variant dates from the first half of the 1800s.
See also: breathe, easy

easier said than done

Also, more easily said than done. Describing something more readily talked about than accomplished, as in Keeping the cats off the sofa is easier said than done. This expression also was put as sooner or better said than done . Today, the variant ( more easily) is still heard less often than the original. [c. 1450]
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easier said than done

COMMON If you say that something is easier said than done, you mean that although it sounds like a good idea, you think it would be difficult to actually do it. `If you're not happy with yourself, then change.' Easier said than done, Alex thought. The alternative option is to scrap the unwanted machines, and use the metal for some other purpose. But this, too, is easier said than done.
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easier said than done

more easily talked about than put into practice.
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come ˈeasily, ˈnaturally, etc. to somebody

(of an activity, a skill, etc.) be easy, natural, etc. for somebody to do: Acting comes naturally to her.
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ˌeasier ˌsaid than ˈdone

(saying) it is easier to suggest doing something than actually to do it: ‘All you have to do is climb a ladder and mend the roof.’ ‘Easier said than done — I’m terrified of heights!’
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sit comfortably/easily/well (with something)

(written) seem right, natural, suitable, etc. in a particular place or situation: His views did not sit comfortably with the management line.
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References in classic literature ?
Badness can be got easily and in shoals: the road to her is smooth, and she lives very near us.
Yet Zeus can easily give great wealth to a greater number.
Happy would it have been for me if I could as easily have avoided all other disagreeable company; but, alas
The next two obstacles, the water course and the barrier, were easily crossed, but Vronsky began to hear the snorting and thud of Gladiator closer upon him.
I was innocent; that could easily be proved; accordingly I followed my conductor in silence and was led to one of the best houses in the town.
In addition, H5N1 doesn't spread easily from human to human, which is why there have been so few human cases.
In later tests, the easily hypnotized individuals identified clashing colors faster than the other study participants did.
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Over time as an organization grows and drive prices drop, the ability to easily and transparently expand the Exchange data drive is important.
It is bacteria- and stain-resistant, fluid-proof, easily maintained, and durable.
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Can they be easily removed for that purpose, or are there plastic inserts for holding personal items, with the inserts being easily removed and cleaned?
Unlike other P2P networks or limited file sharing programs, Tubes allows everyone to easily and automatically share anything with the entire group while eliminating the risk that comes from posting personal content to public websites.