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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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Among the best are pot marigolds, Californian poppies, Nigella and Honesty, so go easy with the hoe if you, or even your neighbour, are growing these varieties.
But despite the pain of knowing that he would play no part in the Amsterdam ArenA, Dailly pleaded with the match official to go easy with his mates in Glasgow when it looked for a while as if the card count would go through the roof.