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at (one's) ease
In a relaxed, comfortable, unencumbered, unembarrassed, and/or unanxious position, manner, or situation. I want you to be at your ease here, so please ask for anything that will make your stay more enjoyable. I'm not under too much pressure; they told me to submit the report at my ease.
1. Calm and comfortable with a particular task or in a certain environment. She seems much more at ease now that she's been doing her new job for a month. Kids are usually at ease once they become accustomed to the routine of kindergarten.
2. In relaxed posture, as of soldiers in the military. At ease, gentlemen!
without worry or anxiety. The performer is at ease on the stage. After she had met a few people, Mary felt at ease with the group.
1. Also, at one's ease. Comfortable, relaxed, unembarrassed, as in I always feel at ease in my grandmother's house. The related idiom put at ease means "make comfortable, reassure," as in I was worried that the letter would not arrive in time, but the postmaster put me at ease . [1300s] For the antonym, see ill at ease.
2. In a relaxed position in military ranks. The phrase is often used as a command for troops standing at attention to relax, as in At ease, squadron. The command stand at ease is slightly different. A British military dictionary of 1802 described it as standing with the right foot drawn back about six inches and one's weight put on it. An American version is to stand with one's feet slightly apart and the hands clasped behind one's back.
(stand) at ˈease(in the military) used as a command to soldiers to tell them to stand with their feet apart and their hands behind their backs
at (your) ˈeaserelaxed and confident and not nervous or embarrassed: I never feel completely at ease with him. OPPOSITE: ill at ease
1. In a relaxed position, especially standing silently at rest with the right foot stationary: put the soldiers at ease while waiting for inspection.
2. Used as a command for troops to assume a relaxed position.