But we can extrapolate from previous experience that decapitation does incentivize Hamas to ease up on its attacks.
Super-PAC honcho Karl Rove urges Obama to ease up on the fundraisers—and asks Romney to show voters the private Mitt.
Bernanke suggested that Congress ease up on the whole budget-cutting thing.
Mrs. Leverett made a visit and brought home Hester, to ease up things for the winter.
With the poor relations you can ease up on the gush and maybe condescend some.
Having the washing done did ease up the work; 214 though one would have considered it no sinecure to feed five hungry boys.
We men are inclined to ease up a little when we have all we need.
Just leave her alone to get sick of some of those notions herself before shes done with em, and you ease up on the fretting.
ease up main and jib-sheets, boys, and stand clear for a jibe.
So—war days are hard enough anyway—why not ease up now and again?
early 13c., from Old French aise "comfort, pleasure, well-being; opportunity," of unknown origin, despite attempts to link it to various Latin verbs.
The earliest senses in French appear to be 1. "elbow-room" (from an 11th century Hebrew-French glossary) and 2. "opportunity." This led Sophus Bugge to suggest an origin in Vulgar Latin asa, a shortened form of Latin ansa "handle," which could be used in the figurative sense of "opportunity, occasion," as well as being a possible synonym for "elbow," because Latin ansatus "furnished with handles" also was used to mean "having the arms akimbo." OED editors report this theory, and write, "This is not very satisfactory, but it does not appear that any equally plausible alternative has yet been proposed."
c.1300, "to help, assist," see ease (n.). Meaning "to give ease" is from mid-14c.; the sense of "to relax one's efforts" is from 1863. Farmer reports ease in a slang sense of "to content a woman" sexually, with an 1861 date. Related: Eased; easing.