Definition of letup in English:



  • [in singular] A pause or reduction in the intensity of something dangerous, difficult, or tiring.

    ‘there had been no letup in the eruption’
    • ‘In 1995 there were 17 hurricanes, the highest in any year since 1933, and, Smith argues, there has been little let-up ever since.’
    • ‘The weather is finally set to clear after more than a week of torrential rain signalling a let-up for those who have been suffering from flooding.’
    • ‘Deals remain very much on the agenda across the market as a whole, with private equity firms showing no let-up in their desire to splash the cash - particularly in the retail sector.’
    • ‘Most agents agree that a let-up in prices was inevitable as properties had been achieving comparatively high prices under the hammer.’
    • ‘The United Nations says that Afghanistan is the world's most prolific producer of heroin and that there's no let-up in sight.’
    • ‘There was a 70 percent chance of rain today, with a slight let-up on Saturday morning, but thunderstorms were expected later.’
    • ‘‘There was no let-up in our defensive effort today,’ he said.’
    • ‘Residents of Malton and Norton were today bracing themselves for more flooding after Environment Agency chiefs forecast no let-up in rising water levels until lunchtime today.’
    • ‘The big freeze went on today with no sign of a let-up - and with the added hazard of gales.’
    • ‘The NCH has seen some marvellous choral events in recent months, and there's no sign of a let-up just yet.’
    • ‘Time is running out for Srichaphan, with Agassi showing no signs of a let-up in the barrage of winners.’
    • ‘Although general house price inflation is experiencing a downturn after several years of rapidly escalating prices, there has been no let-up among the most expensive properties.’
    • ‘Severe weather caused disruption to travel and sporting fixtures yesterday as the New Year got off to a damp start and forecasters predicted no let-up for the next 24 hours.’
    • ‘As the crime wave continues with little let-up in the senseless bloodletting that has engulfed the country, many people are politicising the issue.’
    • ‘Media stocks were some of the heaviest fallers after publisher Pearson frayed nerves as it warned there was little sign of a let-up in the tough advertising conditions.’
    • ‘Millions of the company's shares were traded last week and there is no sign of a let-up.’
    • ‘Police chiefs have warned there will be no let-up in the fight to rid Doncaster's prisons of drugs after an operation caught visitors trying to smuggle controlled substances to inmates.’
    • ‘‘There never seems to be any let-up,’ he said on Wednesday.’
    • ‘The pace of the novel is simply breathtaking, with no let-up between one earth shattering event and the next.’
    • ‘Arctic temperatures saw the big chill remain in York and North Yorkshire again today - but forecasters have said a brief let-up to the cold snap is in sight.’
    abatement, lessening, decrease, diminishing, diminution, subsidence, moderation, decline, relenting, remission, slackening, weakening, relaxation, dying down, easing off, tailing off, tapering off, dropping away, dropping off, ebbing, waning, dwindling
    respite, break, interval, hiatus, suspension, cessation, stop, pause, breathing space, lull, interlude, intermission
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