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Ease in [Ease (somebody) into something]
(insep) Get help to do something or start doing it gradually.
- A beginner's guide to easing into a healthy lifestyle.
- If you are really feeling unsure about retirement, try easing into it by gradually reducing work hours.
(insep) (pain, rain, snow, traffic) Becomes less intense.
- The pain
eased off after he took the tablets.
rain should ease off after midday.
- The heavy rain was easing off as
we left the hotel, but I borrowed an umbrella just in case.
(insep) Make somebody leave a job or place.
- He was eased out of his job after the allegations.
- They want to ease him out of power.
- It took death to ease him out of office.
(Same as ease off)
- I wondered if I would ever
catch Mike but he started to slow and I kept seeing him closer and closer
as he grew tired, and then eased up when I got near.
- I think the snow's easing up a bit.
Eat away [Eat something away]
Destroy something by eating or by chemical
- Pollution has eaten away the stonework.
- The metal was eaten away by the acid.
- Salt can eat away at the paint and metal on your vehicle.
(insep) When you eat in, you eat at home. eat out
- We won't
eat in tonight.
- I don't fancy going
out tonight; shall we eat in?
(insep) Eat in a restaurant. dine out eat in
too tired to cook; why don't we eat out tonight?
really enjoys eating out.
Eat up [Eat up, eat something up] Finish eating.
- Eat up your vegetables!
Egg on [Egg somebody on]
Encourage somebody to do something silly.
egged him on to drink the whole bottle.
egged him on until he finally jumped.
Eke out 1 [Eke something out](rations,
pension, food) Make something last longer.
- Developing alternative energy sources is one part of the plan to eke out the Earth's resources.
living, income) Try hard to make a
living, usually with little money or food. scratch
- The land is arid and dry so I imagine it's difficult to eke out a living.
(insep) End somewhere
or in a certain way after a series of events. wind up
- You'll end
up in prison if you go on like that.
ended up homeless.
Explain away [Explaing something away] Give an excuse to avoid
- She tried to explain away the situation,
but the police knew she was guilty.
don't know how I'm going to explain that away.
Eye up [Eye somebody up] Look at somebody in a way that shows
you are sexually interested in them.
- The chap
across the room is eyeing her up, but she doesn't seem to notice.