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go easy on (sb)

INFORMAL
This page is about the conversational phrase go easy on (sb)

Meaning

to not punish, berate or criticize someone too severely

For example

  • After she saw my grades, Mum called Dad and said, "Go easy on him, Len. He did his best."

  • The judge said, "I could go easy on you, but I won't. Stealing is a serious crime."

Quick Quiz

The referee had "gone easy on" the player. He had

a. penalized him lightly

b. penalized him severely

c. made an easy decision

Contributor: Matt Errey