let up on

idiom

1
: to treat (someone) in a less harsh or demanding way
The students might respond better if the teacher let up on them a little.
2
: to apply less pressure to (something)
I let up on the gas pedal.

Examples of let up on in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web China isn't likely to let up on its zero-Covid approach for a while. Laura He, CNN, 15 Jan. 2022 The Gators never let up on the pressure and started the third quarter on a 16-7 run that was punctuated by three straight buckets by Thierry. Ryan Isley, cleveland, 2 Mar. 2021 After scoring their first goal, the Millers didn’t let up on either side of the field. The Indianapolis Star, 25 Oct. 2020 Anderson refused to let up on the bite and was shocked with a Taser, police said. Anchorage Daily News, 9 Sep. 2020 One reason Zandi doesn't expect a housing bust: If things begin to get too bad, the Federal Reserve could let up on monetary tightening. Fortune, 6 July 2022 Despite missing a 2009 goal of 42% renewable energy by 2020, the government hasn’t let up on its ambitious targets. Erika Page, The Christian Science Monitor, 18 Feb. 2022 Robert Williams had 13 points and 17 rebounds for the Celtics, who got off to a torrid start and never let up on the Kings. San Francisco Chronicle, 25 Jan. 2022 During some shifts, Derenda Hancock, a co-organizer of the defenders who is white, noticed that some protesters wouldn't let up on Brown. NBC News, 10 June 2021

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“Let up on.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/let%20up%20on. Accessed 17 Jul. 2024.

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