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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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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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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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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 Londoners had to rely on a late goal from Salomon Kalou to seal a 2-0 victory over Wolves last week and have been guilty of easing off on their opponents at times this season He said: "We have to play 90 minutes how we want to play.
However, Ferguson has vowed his team will be stepping on the accelerator, not easing off the gas.
The same figure as was recorded in March, it is slightly lower than May's 12-year high (+25%) and a return to the climate of strong price pressures that seemed to be easing off.
But there was a warning that the mini boom of recent years could be easing off.
While the slowdown may simply represent an easing off of what was a breathless pace over the past three to four years, a prolonged or deepened slump in these areas could spell trouble for certain industry sectors in the years ahead.
SCUNTHORPE almost paid the price for easing off after a superb early show.
Normally we experience a slight easing off in the summer months but this year there has been no let up,.
Bath coach John Connolly admitted his players threw the game away by easing off after the break at the Stoop yesterday, saying: "We gave Harlequins momentum.