To ease off

(Naut.) to slacken a rope gradually.

See also: Ease

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
References in classic literature ?
Unable to hang on as close in the eye of the wind as formerly, he proceeded to slack his sheet a trifle and to ease off a bit, in order to outfoot me.
The discussions between Sheikh Sabah Khaled and minister Zarif dealt with cooperation between the two friendly countries, latest regional events and ways to ease off tension in the Gulf.
After a stressful day, you need just something light to ease off. That could be stick dodo with scrambled egg.
It is a game of nerves, and time is of the essence; time for preparation and relaxation to ease off the stress and pressure associated with this crucial exam.
Tony said their mum Julie, who died aged 89 in 2015, "always worried about his health and desperately tried to get him to ease off ".
SYED FARHAN KARIM: The domestic manufacturing will get boost going forward as power outages are expected to ease off along with protection government is providing to the local industry to curb imports and increase domestic production and exports.
TOMMY SLOAN has told Auchinleck they can't afford to ease off despite having one hand on the Super League trophy.
The rain is expected to ease off today, but a cold spell could turn soaked roads and pavements to ice.
THE severe wind and rain is set to ease off in coming days.
It is forecast to ease off today though heavy rain could return to parts of Wales tomorrow.
BANKER Charlton (4-6) Bookmakers expect Charlton to ease off with promotion secured but Saturday's party is out of the system and everyone at the club wants the title.
As a business man living a hectic lifestyle, Ramadan gives me an opportunity to ease off a little and spend more time with the family and focus more on things that can better me as a person.