to let up

Idiom Definition

"to let up"

to lessen in intensity;

to relax or ease your efforts

Idiom Definition - to let up


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - to let up

A soldier is lowering a civilian down the side of a castle wall ...

Soldier: As you go over the top of the wall, I will hold the rope very tightly.

Civilian: OK. Then?

Soldier: When you are ready to descend, I will let up my grip on the rope and lower you down.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - to let up

Two hunters are talking as they sit on the shore of a lake. Their boat is pulled up onto land ...

Hunter 1: Wow! That was quite a storm.

Hunter 2: Do you think the storm is passing?

Hunter 1: Yes. The wind has diminished and the rain has stopped. The sky is also a little lighter. The waves have also diminished in size.

Hunter 2: Oh, I suppose you're right. The weather has definitely let up. Maybe we can get home by dark.

Idiom Scenario 3

Idiom Definition - to let up

A husband and wife are talking ...

Wife: I haven't seen you much lately.

Husband: I know. I'm sorry. I have been working really hard on that big project at work.

Wife: You have been getting sick a lot lately and your stress level is through the roof. The kids really miss you.

Husband: I suppose that I ought to let up a little on my workload.

Wife: That would be a really good idea.

Idiom Scenario 4

Idiom Definition - to let up

Two friends are talking about a third friend ...

Susan: Is Jane always that intense?

Barbara: Yes. She's always been a person with a lot of energy.

Susan: Does she ever relax?

Barbara: I don't think she ever lets up.

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to let up - Gerund Form:

Letting up a little with your employees might result in better performance.

to let up - Examples:

1)  The rain is certainly not set to let up for the next four weeks, either!

2)  I advise my clients and workshop participants who are conducting a work search not to let up now.

3)  Bargnani seemed content at a crucial point of the game, and simply seemed to let up, especially on the defensive end.

4)  Come along, old chap, and I'll ask the widow to let up on you a little, Huck.

5)  The economic challenges do not appear set to let up, said the company, with underlying year-on-year sales up less than a percentage point.

6)  "I thought the nerves might let up after the first couple holes," Wilson said.

7)  The study also concluded that the force that fracking exerts does not immediately let up when the process ends.

8)  The tension in the room let up and all started congratulating each other.

9)  The tour dates didn't let up and his writing pace accelerated.

10)  I also had horrible insomnia. My symptoms didn't let up until a year after my divorce was over.

11)  These photographs show raindrops suspended on a poor spider's web just after rain let up earlier this week.

12)  This newest novel gripped me from page one and never let up steam.

13)  A full and vibrant recovery is still many months away. And I will not let up until those Americans who seek jobs can find them.

14)  I am a disciple of Jesus Christ. I won't look back, let up, slow down, back away, or be still.

15)  You'll need to contact them and get them to let up on the throttling.

16)  This book starts out strong and doesn't let up until the end.

17)  The weather let up during the day and the decision was made to proceed with the candlelight service.

18)  There were no regular vacations ever. If work let up, he might take a few days for a quick trip somewhere.

19)  Depression that doesn't let up when a problem is solved would be counter to what is indicated here.

20)  The rain started falling in the valley at about 6:00 this morning and hasn't let up much since.