let up

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let up

  1. See let down, def. 2.

  2. Cease, stop entirely, as in The rain has let up so we can go out. [Late 1700s]

  3. let up on. Be or become more lenient with, take the pressure off, as in Why don't you let up on the child? [Late 1800s]

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
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