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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