Definition of let up in English:

let up

phrasal verb

  • 1(of something undesirable) become less intense.

    ‘the rain's letting up—it'll be clear soon’
    • ‘However, on December 27, the region was blanketed by an intense winter storm that showed no signs of letting up.’
    • ‘Over the last six years there has been a 46 per cent hike in the numbers seeking advice on the subject - and the problem shows no sign of letting up.’
    • ‘Instead of letting up, the snow squalls intensified.’
    • ‘The corruption scandal dogging the Victoria Police Force is showing no sign of letting up.’
    • ‘At this point the violence shows no sign of letting up.’
    • ‘The rain had let up a bit and now we were left to walk through a light drizzle and thick, mountain fog.’
    • ‘The pain in my side had let up a little bit, thank goodness.’
    • ‘The storm did not let up at all throughout the rest of the day or the entirety of the night.’
    • ‘The cold weather in the state had not let up one bit.’
    • ‘The rain had let up a little bit.’
    abate, lessen, decrease, diminish, subside, moderate, decline, relent, slacken, die down, die off, ease, ease off, tail off, taper off, drop away, drop off, peter out
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    1. 1.1 Relax one's efforts.
      ‘she was so far ahead she could afford to let up a bit’
      • ‘Neither side has shown any sign of letting up.’
      • ‘Microsoft and Sony aren't letting up in their efforts either.’
      • ‘Our main priority is getting promoted and finishing the season on a high, but that doesn't mean we will be letting up one bit tomorrow.’
      • ‘After yesterday's rest day a lot of riders were feeling good but there were times that some of us were wondering if people would ever let up, even a bit.’
      • ‘They practice intensely and study with purpose - and they don't let up in the offseason.’
      • ‘I've always believed that success lies in driving yourself hard and not letting up until you've reached a goal.’
      • ‘You could see once he made the lead, he let up a little bit.’
      • ‘Sylvia holds the title of the longest serving active volunteer, and shows no sign of letting up.’
      • ‘The police are not letting up in their search for the suspect.’
      • ‘It is now more than two months after the cubs were born, the zoo authorities are not letting up their constant vigil regarding the health indicators of these three frisky cubs.’
      relax one's efforts, relax, ease off, ease up, do less, slow down
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    2. 1.2let up on Treat in a more lenient manner.
      ‘she didn't let up on Cunningham’
      • ‘We are not going to let up on the government until things are done.’
      • ‘I do think, however, that you should let up on your guy a little - the more you pressure him, the more difficult it will be.’
      • ‘Rebecca said, ‘He's not going to let up on me until I cave in, right?’’
      • ‘Now, that he's participated in a debate, and the reviews ranged from pretty good to OK, do you think they'll let up on him at all?’
      • ‘This is a constant problem and we will not let up on those who break the law.’
      • ‘His little brother would never let up on him until he wrestled the truth out of him somehow.’
      • ‘Billy never lets up on Cal, and Cal soaks it up.’
      • ‘His superlative show in both playoffs and World Series in 2002 finally forced the media to let up on him.’
      • ‘When are the elderly going to let up on the youngsters of today?’
      • ‘She lets up on Felicia but starts complaining about her year-old marriage, which is much harder than she thought it would be.’
      treat less severely, be more lenient with, be kinder to
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