One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Used to ask someone to stop doing something or talking about something that the speaker finds irritating or tedious.
- ‘For God's sake, William, will you give it a rest?’
- ‘I mean really, for goodness' sakes, give it a rest.’
- ‘We might have to ask him to give it a rest; remind him that it's St. Patrick's day and that people are trying to have a bit of fun!’
- ‘But now can you please, please just give it a rest.’
- ‘You've already asked her to give it a rest, but try again.’
- ‘I think it's best they take it off, give it a rest for a while.’
- ‘When there is so much else happening in the world, you would think they could give it a rest now and again.’
- ‘For goodness sake, give it a rest and come down off your moralistic and judgmental perch.’
- ‘You'd think they'd give it a rest at the weekend.’
- ‘‘Geez,’ Rob said to himself, snapping out of his trance, ‘I need to give it a rest before I get obsessed.’’
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