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English definition of “ease up/off”

ease up/off

(TREAT LESS SEVERELY) phrasal verb with ease     /iːz/ verb
to start to treat someone less severely: I wish his supervisor would ease up on him a bit.Lenient and merciful
(Definition of ease up/off (TREAT LESS SEVERELY) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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