1. phrasal verb If something eases up, it is reduced in degree, speed, or intensity. [V P] ⇒ The rain had eased up. [V P] ⇒ New figures indicate the recession may be easing up. 2. phrasal verb If you ease up, you start to make less effort. [V P] ⇒ He told supporters not to ease up even though he's leading in the presidential race. [V P] ⇒ Christie was easing up over the last 10m to finish third. 3. phrasal verb → ease If you ease up on someone or something, your behaviour or attitude towards them becomes less severe or strict. [informal] [V P on n] ⇒ The manager does not intend to ease up on his players for some time. [V P + on] ⇒ Officials have eased up on the press restrictions.
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