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lighten up

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To become less serious; be easy; relax •Often a more or less gentle admonition: Schofield lightens up and improves at bat/ Aw, come on, everybody, lighten up a little. It wasn't that bad. The decade, I mean/ You have to lighten up, Chief. The men are giving it everything they have (late 1960s+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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  • She was glad to see him lighten up, and she exerted herself to that end.

  • Say, Boss, do you want this to lighten up your old freight-train with?

  • lighten up at the last moment and recognise for the last time.

    Ulysses James Joyce
  • “I must,” said Pen, with what was passing around seeming to lighten up.

    !Tention George Manville Fenn
  • The sky began to lighten up, and from the front door I could soon catch glimpses of the railroad windmill.

    Track's End Hayden Carruth
Idioms and Phrases with lighten up

lighten up

Become or cause to become less serious or gloomy, and more cheerful. For example, Lighten up, Sam—it'll turn out all right. This slangy expression transfers reducing a physical weight to a change of mood or attitude.
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