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Definition of letup

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a lessening of effort, activity, or intensity

let up

let up; letting up; lets up

Definition of let up (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

1a : to diminish or slow down : slacken
b : cease, stop
2 : to become less severe used with on

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Examples of letup in a Sentence


the downpour continued for hours without letup


the rain let up just as we reached the house the windmill slowed down as the wind let up
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Only since the first week of June has there been any letup. Keith Matheny, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan's climate: Models project 30% increase in rain and snow, plus rising temps," 13 June 2019 The latest document suggests there has been little letup in the Russian interference efforts, despite enormous attention on the issue. Byron Tau, WSJ, "U.S. Charges Russian With Trying to Influence 2018 Midterms," 19 Oct. 2018 Still, analysts see little sign of a letup in earnings momentum this year, though Wall Street projections for 2019 point toward a modest slowdown. Theo Francis, WSJ, "U.S. Corporate Profits Soared in Second Quarter, Boosted by Tax Cuts and Economic Growth," 29 Aug. 2018 The administration has said there would be no letup in the sanctions while the nuclear issue remains unresolved. New York Times, "Trump Cites ‘Great Progress’ in North Korea Nuclear Talks," 12 July 2018 However, the president’s sanctions are working and there should be no letup between now and a possible May meeting. Gerard Baker, WSJ, "The 10-Point.," 12 Mar. 2018 All these panicked people combined to produce the Trump-Russia collusion narrative, which has obsessed Washington without letup for more than a year. Daniel Henninger, WSJ, "Yes, Shut Down Mueller," 21 Mar. 2018 Kalmar’s emphasis on rhythmic bite within propulsive speeds allowed for no letup in dramatic intensity, and in fact the element of danger added an extra shot of adrenalin to a genuinely exciting performance. John Von Rhein, chicagotribune.com, "Grant Park Music Festival opens with a choral blockbuster under friendly skies," 14 June 2018 Not a chance, for there is no letup in Thomas, not with his high-octane swing or his enthusiastic approach to the next challenge. Steve Dimeglio, USA TODAY, "Justin Thomas already 'on to the next one' after Honda Classic victory," 27 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of letup


1836, in the meaning defined above


1787, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of letup was in 1787

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English Language Learners Definition of letup

: a time during which something stops or slows down

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