go easy on (somebody)

Meaning(s)

1. be lenient towards or treat someone in a gentle way

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go easy on him, he's had a hard time recently

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To ‘go easy on someone’ means to be lenient or forgiving of someone. If you go easy on someone you refrain from being tough or treating them harshly.

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  1. Rather than punish Jane for being late, I decided to go easy on her as I know she's having a difficult time at the moment.
  2. When the sentences were handed down, it was clear that the judge had no intention of going easy on any of the defendants.
  3. Go easy on yourself and take some time off work. You look as though you could do with the break.

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  1. I think I am a very lenient parent. I try to go easy on my children. I think it's because my parents were very tough on me when I was growing up.
  2. If you go easy on petty criminals, it encourages more severe law-breaking later on.

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