free and easy


Definition of free and easy

1 : marked by informality and lack of constraint the free and easy, open-air life of the plains— Allan Murray
2 : not observant of strict demands too free and easy in accepting political contributions

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free-and-easiness \ ˌfrē-​ən(d)-​ˈē-​zē-​nəs How to pronounce free-and-easiness (audio) \ noun
free and easy adverb

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According to the federal trademark database, the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office granted that trademark last year, which raises the question: Why is the USPTO so free and easy with trademarks of national assets? Los Angeles Times, "Back Story: ICYMI: The corporate grab behind the Yosemite trademark clash," 16 July 2019 Audacity is a free and easy-to-use open source audio editor. Kim Komando, USA TODAY, "15 tech upgrades you can get for free," 15 June 2018 Casey wants to teach a free and easy style of play, with playmakers at most positions to create open 3-pointers. Vince Ellis, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Pistons will unveil 'pit bulls' during NBA summer league," 5 July 2018 The young Pacers, playing free and easy at home, routed the Cavs, 121-87, in the sixth game of their first-round NBA playoff series. Bill Livingston,, "Cleveland Cavaliers 2018 - Can even LeBron James win it by himself? Bill Livingston," 28 Apr. 2018 In the opening scenes, 15-year-old Charley Thompson (Charlie Plummer) goes for a jog in his low-income Portland, Ore., neighborhood, and the sounds of passing traffic and nearby machinery grate coarsely against Charley’s free and easy breathing. Jake Coyle, kansascity, "Boy meets horse in the unsentimental ‘Lean on Pete’ | The Kansas City Star," 18 Apr. 2018 Signing up is free and easy –To register, go to Chris Monzel,, "Column: Sign up for emergency notifications at Alert HC," 5 Apr. 2018 The free and easy way in which a writer like Katie Roiphe throws out references to secret police is linked to the general confusion surrounding the twentieth century. Josephine Livingstone, New Republic, "Losing the Twentieth Century," 8 Feb. 2018 UConn came out with a confident air, free and easy, and jumped out to an 11-2 lead, with Vital hitting a 3-pointer along the way. Dom Amore,, "UConn Rolls To Third Straight AAC Win, Beating Tulane, 67-57," 13 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of free and easy

1695, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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