to ease up

Idiom Definition 1

Idiom Definition - ease up

"to ease up"

to diminish in intensity or severity


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Idiom Definition 2

Idiom Definition - ease up

"to ease up"

to start to work less or do things with less energy


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Idiom Definition 3

Idiom Definition - ease up

"to ease up"

to treat someone less severely


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - ease up

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 up soon.

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

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - ease up

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 up a little as retirement approaches.

Idiom Scenario 3

Idiom Definition - ease up

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 up a little on John.

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to ease up - Gerund Form:

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

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

Easing up on your children can bring unexpected results.

to ease up - Examples:

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

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

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

4)  Otherwise, the pain will ease up 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 up on the rhetoric.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

15)  I survived cancer twice and I never eased up 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 up any time soon).

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

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

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

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