ease up on

phrasal verb

eased up on; easing up on; eases up on
: to treat (someone) in a less harsh or demanding way
The students might respond better if the teacher eased up on them a little.
: to apply less pressure to (something)
ease up on the accelerator
: to do or use less of (something)
My doctor told me I should ease up on fatty foods.

Examples of ease up on in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But even if the federal government eases up on EV mandates, many states will not. Detroit Free Press, 15 Feb. 2024 That means that 1 in 5 economists polled think the Fed should go ahead and cut interest rates, easing up on its determination to sandbag the economy until inflation comes down. Melvin Backman, Quartz, 12 Feb. 2024 Klum says that, likewise, the Tokio Hotel guitarist has encouraged her to be more relaxed about her body, including the occasional indulgence and easing up on her strict fitness routine. Erin Clack, Peoplemag, 21 Sep. 2023 One positive economic indicator is announced, say on inflation, and pundits assert that the Fed now will ease up on the money supply, letting interest rates fall. Edward Lotterman, Twin Cities, 11 Feb. 2024 In October, Cardi reportedly debated easing up on Tasha K — who still owes the rapper more than $3 million in damages — on social media, according to TMZ. Daniela Avila, Peoplemag, 16 Nov. 2023 Some of her colleagues agreed that speeding drivers were a problem, and Jennifer Mendoza asked if staffers could explore designing a new sidewalk slated for the site in a way that would encourage people to ease up on the gas pedal. Blake Nelson, San Diego Union-Tribune, 5 May 2023 Also, the movie knows when to ease up on the wisenheimer instinct. Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune, 15 Sep. 2023 Whether the Biden administration is willing to ease up on Beijing remains to be seen, but an announcement that coincided with news of Raimondo’s visit suggests Washington is trying at least to create the conditions for a useful conversation. Laura He, CNN, 24 Aug. 2023

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“Ease up on.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ease%20up%20on. Accessed 20 Apr. 2024.

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