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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 (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 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.
See also: lighten, up
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

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.
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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

lighten up

Don’t be so serious, relax. Originally, this slangy imperative, dating from the 1940s, meant to calm down, but in succeeding decades it took on its present meaning. Tracy Kidder had it in Among Schoolchildren (1989): “Me and my precious schedules . . . I’ve got to lighten up. Chill out.”
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The Dictionary of Clichés by Christine Ammer Copyright © 2013 by Christine Ammer
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However, in all the works above, the obtained lightened gypsums reached significant reductions in mechanical strength, confirming that the strength ofthe gypsum depends mainly on its porosity and therefore its density.
Despite the numerous works found on lightened gypsums, all of them are based on the chemical and mechanical characterization of the compounds obtained.
Therefore, in this article the relationship between the density reduction of lightened gypsums and lightweight loads from CDW and their mechanical behavior is analyzed.
In addition, it is analyzed whether this relationship is similar to the one obtained for other lightened gypsums with other fillers which are often used in the manufacture of gypsum elements.
A compilation of results obtained in previous investigations (density and mechanical strength) was performed considering lightened gypsums with different light loads (with w/g ratio = 0.8).
Subsequently, the relationship between the density and the mechanical strength of all lightened gypsums with mixtures of EPS/XPS was analyzed using Excel program.
Finally, with the results of the compounds meeting the minimum specifications required for lightened gypsums (B4) [22] (flexural strength: [greater than or equal to]1 MPa; compressive strength: [greater than or equal to]2MPa; density [less than or equal to] 1g/c[m.sup.3]), lightening coefficients for the mechanical properties of the gypsums were calculated, using (1) defined by del Rio Merino [23].
These coefficients provide a reference value to determine whether a material of lightened plaster, from the point of view of strength, has a weight/strength ratio suitable for the future application it will have.
where [Ki.sub.flex] and [Ki.sub.comp] are ideal lightening coefficients as flexural and compression strength, respectively, [D.sub.ref] is density of the reference compound, and Regulation refers to values of standard UNE-EN 13279-1 for lightened gypsums (flexural strength = 1 MPa; compressive strength = 2 MPa).
Finally, the lightening coefficients obtained were compared with the coefficient of the ideal lightened gypsum (Ki).
Model to Estimate the Mechanical Strength of a Lightened Compound of Gypsum Known Its Density.
Therefore, the compressive and flexural strength compound lightened with EPS and XPS can be estimated once its density is known, with the following expressions:
These coefficients allow for the comparison of different types of lightened gypsums and consider their possible application as a material for construction elements.
Now you can get a bigger lift from just one hit, so it's less damaging.' That said, lightened hair still needs TLC to keep it looking its best.
The walls were lightened by many niches and this is the most important characteristic of the structure.