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take it easy
1. To be (more) cautious, calm, or gentle. Often used as an imperative. Whoa, whoa, take it easy! You're going way too fast in here! I told John to take it easy and stop worrying about everything. Take it easy, will you? You're misunderstanding what I'm trying to say.
2. To be relaxed; to not expend too much effort. Often used as an imperative. I'm just going to take it easy this weekend, maybe go to a movie or a play. Why don't you take it easy for a little while? We don't need to leave for another two hours.
3. Used by extension as an informal parting salutation. Thanks for visiting, take it easy!
Take it easy.
1. Inf. Good-bye and be careful. Mary: Bye-bye. Bill: See you, Mary. Take it easy. Sue: Take it easy, Tom. Tom: Bye, Sue. Seeyou soon.
2. Inf. Be gentle.; Treat someone carefully. Sue: Then I want you to move the piano and turn all the mattresses. Andy: Come on. Take it easy! I'm not made of steel, you know. Henry: Oh, I'm pooped. Alice: You just need a little rest and you'll feel as good as new. Just take it easy.
3. Inf. Calm down.; Relax.; Do not get excited. Andy: I am so mad I could blow my top! Rachel: Now, now. Take it easy. What's wrong? Mary could see that Sally was very upset at the news. "Now, just take it easy," said Mary. "It can't be all that bad."
take it easy
Don't hurry, proceed at a comfortable pace, relax. For example, Take it easy-we don't have to be there till noon, or Bruce decided to take it easy this weekend and put off working on the house. [Mid-1800s]
take it easyINFORMAL
1. If you take it easy, you rest and do not do anything that needs a lot of energy. Note: In the first idiom below, ABC is pronounced `a b c', as if you are spelling it out. Take it easy, Bob. Work can wait. The seven astronauts aboard the space shuttle Columbia are taking it easy today, following six full days of medical research. Note: In British English, you can also tell someone to take things easy. She has been advised by her doctor to take things easy.
2. You can say take it easy as a way of saying `goodbye'. Note: In the first idiom below, ABC is pronounced `a b c', as if you are spelling it out. `Thanks. See you later.' `Take it easy. Don't do anything I wouldn't do.'
take it easy1 approach a task or activity gradually or carefully. 2 relax.
take it/things ˈeasy(informal) relax and avoid working too hard or doing too much; not get angry, excited, etc: Bob’s still running the business on his own. He really ought to be taking things easy at his age. ♢ Take it easy, Jenny! There’s no need to get so annoyed. OPPOSITE: be hard at it
take it easy
1. tv. relax and take care. They told me to take it easy for a few days.
2. exclam. Let up!; Not so hard!; Be gentle! (Usually Take it easy!) Take it easy; he’s just a kid!