let up - definition and synonyms

phrasal verb [intransitive]
present tense
I/you/we/theylet up
he/she/itlets up
present participleletting up
past tenselet up
past participlelet up
  1. 1
    if something bad or unpleasant lets up, it slows down or stops

    The icy wind never let up for a moment.

    Things haven’t let up at work, I’m still working over 60 hours a week.

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  2. 2
    to put less effort into something, especially criticizing someone or making them work harder

    Boy, you just never let up, do you?

    let up on:

    She’s a coach who never lets up on her players.

See also main entry: let