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letup

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/ ˈlɛtˌʌp /
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noun Informal.
cessation; pause; relief.
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Origin of letup

1835–45, Americanism; noun use of verb phrase let up
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British Dictionary definitions for letup

let up

verb (intr, adverb)
to diminish, slacken, or stop
(foll by on) informal to be less harsh (towards someone)
noun let-up
informal a lessening or abatement
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Other Idioms and Phrases with letup

let up

1

See let down, def. 2.

2

Cease, stop entirely, as in The rain has let up so we can go out. [Late 1700s]

3

let up on. Be or become more lenient with, take the pressure off, as in Why don't you let up on the child? [Late 1800s]

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