to ease off

Idiom Definition 1

Idiom Definition - ease off

"to ease off"

to diminish in intensity or severity


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Idiom Definition 2

Idiom Definition - ease off

"to ease off"

to start to work less or do things with less energy


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Idiom Definition 3

Idiom Definition - ease off

"to ease off"

to treat someone less severely


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - ease off

Two fishermen are on shore watching a storm ...

Fisherman 1:  I'd sure like to get home today. Do you think the storm will lessen in severity?

Fisherman 2:  Sure.  I expect that the storm is going to ease off soon.

Fisherman 1:  Good.  Then we can get get going home.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - ease off

Two coworkers are talking ...

Coworker 1:  Aren't you retiring soon?

Coworker 2:  Yes.  Next year.

Coworker 1:  Are you starting to do less and less work now?

Coworker 2:  Yes.  I'm easing off a little as retirement approaches.

Idiom Scenario 3

Idiom Definition - ease off

Two parents are talking about their son ...

Father:  I know that I have been pushing John really hard with his schoolwork. He'll be applying to colleges next year and I want him to have every opportunity.

Mother:  I understand but I wonder if you could push him just a little less once in a while.

Father:  OK. I will ease off a little on John.

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to ease off - Gerund Form:

Easing off on entrance requirements could decrease the quality of students in a college.

Easing off at work seems to be the norm on Friday afternoons.

Easing off on your children can bring unexpected results.

to ease off - Examples:

1)  We are here to tell you that this coming Sunday's episode doesn't ease off on the shock value. Not even a little bit.

2)  You're probably putting unnecessary stress on both of you. Ease off and choose your battles.

3)  The congressman said that he would like to ease off on taxing corporations' foreign earnings.

4)  Otherwise, the pain will ease off in some ways and become worse in others. Stock up on lanolin.

5)  I'm not saying anyone is right or wrong, but please ease off on the rhetoric.

6)  Maybe not funny to everyone but chill out and ease off on the ridiculously over-the-top fear responses.

7)  He has also asked that Israel ease off on checkpoints and searches that humiliate and enrage Palestinians.

8)  I'm saying you should ease off on this guy because he's going through some rough stuff.

9)  Eventually, things will ease off -- that's a promise.

10)  AccuWeather then expects the snow will ease off before a second round of the white stuff hits the area in late February.

11)  He soon eased off and was caught by the pack, which was now reduced to seven.

12)  I started to feel fatigued so I eased off a bit.

13)  The water was surprisingly cooling for his bones which soon eased off. Luckily he got the hang of swimming.

14)  My anxiety eased off but now I don't know how to have friends.

15)  I survived cancer twice and I never eased off afterwards, my active mind constantly propelling me into adventure and social excitement.

16)  The bad news just keeps on coming (and we don't count on it easing off any time soon).

17)  Easing off on the judgment means recognizing the gray areas.

18)  At 61, he shows no sign of easing off.

19)  But when your tower is about five layers tall, start easing off on the pressure. 

20)  It seems that the gas crisis is easing off considerably.