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lighten (one's) wallet

1. To spend a large amount of money. (When speaking of one's own actions.) My sister loves to shop. She's always out looking for new ways to lighten her wallet.
2. To take money from someone; to cause someone to spend a significant amount of money. (When speaking of someone or something acting on another person.) Sure, it's a nice hotel, but it will lighten your wallet faster than you can say "overpriced." I'm always wary of souvenir merchants in foreign cities, whose sole objective is to lighten travelers' wallets.
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lighten (one's) load

To help make something less difficult, upsetting, or overwhelming for one. Thankfully my wife's family will be there when we move to help lighten our load a bit. I'm so sorry for your loss, Jen. If there's anything we can do to lighten your load, please don't hesitate to ask.
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lighten the load

To help make something less difficult, upsetting, or overwhelming for one. Thankfully my wife's family will be there when we move to help lighten the load a bit. I'm so sorry for your loss, Jen. If there's anything we can do to lighten the load, please don't hesitate to ask.
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lighten up

1. To brighten something in color. I think some new highlights will lighten up your hair and really refresh your look.
2. To act less seriously or sternly. In this usage, "lighten up" is a set phrase. A: "I think he definitely needs to be grounded." B: "Oh, lighten up—it's not like you never made stupid mistakes as a kid."
3. To cause someone or something to become less serious or stern. It's a funeral—nothing you do will lighten up the mood.
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lighten something up

to make something lighter or brighter. Some white paint will lighten this room up a lot. The sunlight came in and lightened up the kitchen.
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lighten up

to become lighter or brighter. (See also lighten up (on someone or something).) We applied a new coat of white paint to the walls, and the room lightened up considerably. The sky is beginning to lighten up a little.
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lighten up (on someone or something)

to be less rough and demanding or rude with someone or something. Please lighten up on her. You are being very cruel. You are too harsh. Lighten up.
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lighten up

Become or cause to become less serious or gloomy, and more cheerful. For example, Lighten up, Sam-it'll turn out all right. This slangy expression transfers reducing a physical weight to a change of mood or attitude.
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lighten up

v.
1. To make something appear lighter in shade: The artist lightened up the paint by mixing in some white. Those mirrors really lighten the room up.
2. To become lighter in shade: These pants are too dark now, but they will lighten up after they've been washed a lot.
3. To make something more pleasant and less serious or depressing: The jokes lightened up the tone of the meeting. I didn't mean to be disrespectful—I was just trying to lighten things up.
4. To take matters less seriously: Everything will work out fine, so stop worrying and lighten up.
See also: lighten, up
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In Ghana, for example, there are countless billboard advertisements on how to get "perfect white" skin (Coopernov 2016), while in Jamaica, dancehall songs and lyrics often praise those who lighten their skin (Charles 2011a).
Obviously the sun has the potential to lighten your hair on its own, but that's no reason to wait.
A colleague of mine even says that the more we face here in this ever more turbulent world, the more this book can lighten our way.
With Earth exerting less and less of a tug, you feel noticeably lighten The sky gradually blackens and the heavens are aglow with more stars than you've ever seen before.
If more than 50 percent of your hair is gray, or if you want to lighten your hair, you have to use a permanent color with peroxide," says Masters.
But if you think that camp is the most ponderous decision a family will ever make - lighten up
Occasionally Kossoff has tried to lighten the mood, but Family Party, 1983, for example, turns out to be a wake for what appears to be an Egyptian child-mummy laid across adult knees.
So why do we have such a hard time remembering to lighten up.
At the recent launch of the new TVC of Kojiesan, a soap brand that claims to lighten complexion, Dr.
Q I was watching a YouTube video and saw a guy bend the mainspring or hammer spring of his Smith & Wesson revolver to lighten the trigger pull.
Booty Call allows you to safely and effectively lighten these dark spots and pigmented areas with our specially formulated skin lightening cream.
Any product, be it cream, soap or lotion, as long as it claims to lighten the skin tone, is easier to market to these women.