give (something) a rest

Definition of give (something) a rest

informal
:to stop doing or using (something)
  • Hey, give the TV remote a rest and go outside to play!

Word by Word Definitions

give play
  1. : to make a present of

  2. : to grant or bestow by formal action

  3. : to accord or yield to another

  1. : capacity or tendency to yield to force or strain : flexibility

  2. : the ability of a material to bend or stretch

something play
  1. : some indeterminate or unspecified thing

  2. : some indeterminate amount more than a specified number

  3. : a person or thing of consequence

  1. : in some degree : somewhat

  2. used as an intensive giving adverbial force to an adjective

rest play
  1. : repose, sleep

  2. : freedom from activity or labor

  3. : a state of motionlessness or inactivity

  1. : to get rest by lying down

  2. : to lie dead

  3. : to cease from action or motion : refrain from labor or exertion

  1. : a projection or attachment on the side of the breastplate of medieval armor for supporting the butt of a lance

  1. : something that remains over : remainder


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