go easy with (someone)

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go easy with (someone)

To be lenient with someone, especially after they've done something that could justify a punishment or scolding. Go easy with your little brother, will you? He didn't mean to break the window. I thought the coach was going to scream at me after I lost the game, but he actually went pretty easy with me.
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Even the dumbest politician, surely, is unlikely to send a memo stating "Go easy with these people, they are our friends".
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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.