One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘the rain had let up, so we walked’
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
ebb, wane, dwindle, fade, quieten, quieten down, calm, calm down, weaken
stop, cease, finish, come to a stop, come to an end, terminate
2‘you never let up, do you?’
relax one's efforts, relax, ease off, ease up, do less, slow down
pause, break, break off, take a break, take a breath
adjourn, desist, rest, hold back, stop
take a breather
3‘I promised you I'd let up on him’
treat less severely, be more lenient with, be kinder to
go easy on
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