go easy on someone

go easy on (someone or something)

1. To be lenient with someone, especially after they've done something that could justify a punishment or scolding. Go easy on your little brother, will you? He didn't mean to break the window. I only lost by six points, but I think he was going easy on me since he's so much better.
2. To use only a small amount of something. Hey, go easy on the ketchup—there's not much left.
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go easy on someone

If you tell someone to go easy on another person, you are telling them not to punish or treat that person severely. Note: In the first idiom below, ABC is pronounced `a b c', as if you are spelling it out. Go easy on her, Michael. She's having a hard time as it is.
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go (or be) easy on someone

be less harsh on or critical of someone. informal
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