go easy


Act or proceed with caution, as in Go easy moving that bookcase, or Go easy on the subject of layoffs. [Late 1800s] Also see easy does it; take it easy.


go easy with or on; go light on. Use sparingly, as in Go easy with the makeup; a little lipstick is enough, or Go light on the salt. [Colloquial; early 1900s]

Nearby words

  1. go down,
  2. go down in history,
  3. go down the drain,
  4. go downhill,
  5. go dutch,
  6. go far,
  7. go fish,
  8. go fly a kite,
  9. go for,
  10. go for nothing

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  • I do not think the stand-pat, sit-tight, go-easy kind of business man exists there.

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