go easy

go easy

1. To act with prudence or caution. Go easy lifting those boxes into the attic; you don't want to throw your back out again!
2. To treat or handle gently; to not be overly critical or negative. I know you're upset about the TV, but go easy on the kids. It was just an accident. I know you like to give honest feedback, but go easy, she spent all week writing that paper.
3. To use or take a small or appropriate amount of something. You really should go easy on the fried food. It can't be good for your health. Go easy! I don't like my food too salty.
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go easy

1. Act or proceed with caution, as in Go easy moving that bookcase, or Go easy on the subject of layoffs. [Late 1800s] Also see easy does it; take it easy.
2. go easy with or on ; go light on. Use sparingly, as in Go easy with the makeup; a little lipstick is enough, or Go light on the salt. [Colloquial; early 1900s]
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References in classic literature ?
They will turn to you, don't fail them, and if it's hard to work alone, remember that I don't forget you, and that you'll be happier in doing that than writing splendid books or seeing all the world, for love is the only thing that we can carry with us when we go, and it makes the go easy.
He has to go easy, now, an' I ain't a-forcin' him none.
On every religious occasion israel claims that it ill go easy on Palestinians allowing them to visit jerusalem and offering them facilities.
District Judge Barney McElholm told the defendant's solicitor: "You tell him to go easy on the paella and cerveza because his fines are going only one way and that's up.
I caution them to go easy on the treatment of the Philippine National Police when they attend that hearing.
Choose solid rather than sheer finishes for a long-lasting look and go easy on the eyes to keep the lips the focus of your face.
Meanwhile, Wenger has urged England coaches to go easy on 20-year-old midfielder Jack Wilshere.
Go easy on: Slices of pizza with salty/fatty toppings such as pepperoni and four-cheese.
I wish all readers a very merry Christmas, but go easy on the cheese - leave room for some port.
Go easy on the elongated Gallic vowel sounds when pronouncing the name "Jules Dassin.
MUSLIMS banged up behind bars should go easy on the whiskers if they are to convince the prison authorities they're keeping squeaky clean.
But Gers boss Ally McCoist insists his star man would never have intentionally lashed out - and has pleaded with the game's beaks to go easy on Naismith.