Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts
The idiom 'take a load off' means to sit down and relax. A load is a burden or something heavy that you carry. This idiom comes from the full expression to 'take the load off your feet' which refers to how your feet feel heavy after walking for a long time. When you invite someone to 'take a load off' you are suggesting that they take a rest. The idiom 'take the weight off', is similar in meaning and can be used to talk about taking a break or a rest from a physical weight or to unload a mental burden or to be relieved of a concern or worry. So you can say "that news has taken the weight of my mind". How 'to take the edge off' something means to lessen the amount or intensity of an unpleasant feeling or emotion. This is an idiom used often with medication, drugs and alcohol to describe their dulling effects on the mind and body. "I had a drink after the accident to take the edge off."