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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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In contrast, Lean Cuisine Roasted Vegetable Pizza, which weighs the same and also serves one, goes easy on the cheese, so it ends up with no trans and just 1 1/2 grams of sat fat.
At least this entry in the unemployed-blokes genre has a funny premise and goes easy on the class anger.
Cheddar, Colby, Swiss and Parmesan) has very low levels of lactose, so it goes easy on the stomach.
If one day her knees are bothering her, she goes easy.
The CLC440 also goes easy on power, using only 70mW and operates on a single 5V power supply.