let up (on someone or something)

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let up (on someone or something)

To become more lenient or less forceful with someone or when doing something. They are not going to let up on us in the second half, so we better be ready to battle with them. I know we've been hard on Erin, but I feel like she'll go back to her olds ways if we let up now. Let up on the accelerator a little, you're going to burn out the engine.
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let up (on someone or something)

Fig. to reduce the pressure or demands on someone or something. You had better let up on Tom. He can't handle any more work. Please let up on the committee. It can only do so much. Do let up. You are getting too upset.
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let up

 
1. to diminish. I hope this rain lets up a little soon. When the snow lets up so I can see, I will drive to the store.
2. to stop [doing something] altogether. The rain let up about noon, and the sun came out.
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let up

1. See let down, def. 2.
2. Cease, stop entirely, as in The rain has let up so we can go out. [Late 1700s]
3. let up on. Be or become more lenient with, take the pressure off, as in Why don't you let up on the child? [Late 1800s]
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let up

v.
1. To allow something or someone to go or get up: Stop wrestling me and let me up!
2. let up on To release or diminish the pressure on someone or something; ease up on something: Let up on the clutch slowly or you'll stall out the engine. Let up on the new workers; they're doing the best they can.
3. To slow down; diminish: The weather got cold, but the protesters didn't let up in their efforts.
4. To come to a stop; cease: The rain let up, so we went outside and played.
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let up on

To be or become more lenient with: Why don't you let up on the poor child?
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