lighten (one's) load

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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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And there is no better way to lighten load than with a little laughter and a great, big smile.
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They want headteachers to tackle the problem by making school bags (sensible rucksacks) part of school uniform; review timetables to lighten loads children must carry; provide every child with a locker and introduce short exercise breaks to re-set the sp ine.
That was the nadir of a nearly 15-year slump that stranded pleasure boats, forced cargo vessels to lighten loads, dried up wetlands and fueled conspiracy theories that water was somehow being siphoned off to the parched West.