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n., v. eased, eas•ing. n.
ease- First meant "opportunity, ability," or "means to do something."
- (I meet men in the city) as easily as a finger stuck in water comes up wet —Marge Piercy
- As easily as a hot knife cuts through butter —Ben Ames Williams
In Williams’ novel, Leave Her to Heaven, the simile describes the ease with which flood waters penetrate a barrier. The simile has also cropped up in everyday language to show something slipping by or through easily —as a legal decision past a judge.
- As hard to get as a haircut —Raymond Chandler
- (Returned to normality) as smoothly as a ski jumper landing —John Braine
- Did so without effort or exertion, like a chess champion playing a routine game —Natascha Wodin
- Easy as a smile —Anon
- Easy as a snake crawling over a stick —Joseph Conrad
- Easy as breathing in and breathing out —Louise Erdrich
- Easy as climbing a fallen tree —Danish proverb
- Easy as drawing a child’s first tooth —Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
- Easy as falling out of a canoe —Anon
- Easy as finding fault in someone else —Anon
- Easy as for a cat to have twins —American colloquialism, attributed to New England
- Easy as opening a letter —Anon
- Easy as peeling the skin off a banana —Anon
- Easy as pie —Anon
- Easy as pointing a finger —Slogan, Colt Patent Fire Arms Mfg. Co.
- Easy as pouring a glass of water —Anon
- Easy as riding down smoothly paved road —Anon
- Easy as rolling off a log —Mark Twain
- Easy as running up charge account bills —Anon
- Easy as scrambling an egg —Anon
- Easy as shooting down a fish in a barrel —Anon
- Easy as spitting —Anton Chekhov
- Easy as stealing pennies from a blind man’s can —Donald Seaman
- Easy as to set dogs on sheep —William Shakespeare
- Easy as turning on the TV set —Anon
- Easy as turning the page in a book —Anon
- Easy … like sliding into sin —Harry Prince
- An easy thing to do, light and easy like falling in a dream —George Garrett
- Go through … like so much dishwater —McKinlay Kantor
- Stepped into his position as easily as a pair of trousers —Anon
- Stepped into manhood, as one steps over a doorsill —Mark Twain
- Went in … as easily as paper into a vacuum cleaner —Derek Lambert
- Would happen as the turning of a light bulb on or off —John McGahern
Past participle: eased
|Noun||1.||ease - freedom from difficulty or hardship or effort; "he rose through the ranks with apparent ease"; "they put it into containers for ease of transportation"; "the very easiness of the deed held her back"|
effortlessness - the quality of requiring little effort; "such effortlessness is achieved only after hours of practice"
quality - an essential and distinguishing attribute of something or someone; "the quality of mercy is not strained"--Shakespeare
|2.||ease - a freedom from financial difficulty that promotes a comfortable state; "a life of luxury and ease"; "he had all the material comforts of this world"|
affluence, richness - abundant wealth; "they studied forerunners of richness or poverty"; "the richness all around unsettled him for he had expected to find poverty"
lap of luxury - in conditions of wealth and comfort; "he was raised in the lap of luxury"
|3.||ease - the condition of being comfortable or relieved (especially after being relieved of distress); "he enjoyed his relief from responsibility"; "getting it off his conscience gave him some ease"|
comfort, comfortableness - a state of being relaxed and feeling no pain; "he is a man who enjoys his comfort"; "she longed for the comfortableness of her armchair"
|4.||ease - freedom from constraint or embarrassment; "I am never at ease with strangers"|
naturalness - the quality of being natural or based on natural principles; "he accepted the naturalness of death"; "the spontaneous naturalness of his manner"
|5.||ease - freedom from activity (work or strain or responsibility); "took his repose by the swimming pool"|
inactivity - being inactive; being less active
bed rest, bedrest - confinement to bed continuously (as in the case of some sick or injured persons)
laziness - relaxed and easy activity; "the laziness of the day helped her to relax"
lie-in - a long stay in bed in the morning
leisure - freedom to choose a pastime or enjoyable activity; "he lacked the leisure for golf"
|Verb||1.||ease - move gently or carefully; "He eased himself into the chair"|
go, locomote, move, travel - change location; move, travel, or proceed, also metaphorically; "How fast does your new car go?"; "We travelled from Rome to Naples by bus"; "The policemen went from door to door looking for the suspect"; "The soldiers moved towards the city in an attempt to take it before night fell"; "news travelled fast"
|2.||ease - lessen pain or discomfort; alleviate; "ease the pain in your legs"|
|3.||ease - make easier; "you could facilitate the process by sharing your knowledge"|
|4.||ease - lessen the intensity of or calm; "The news eased my conscience"; "still the fears"|
abreact - discharge bad feelings or tension through verbalization
comfort pain, difficulty, poverty, discomfort, hardship, irritation, tribulation
peace of mind tension, disturbance, discomfort, agitation, awkwardness, clumsiness
relieve irritate, worsen, exacerbate, aggravate
facilitate hinder, retard
the ease with which he found work → la facilidad con la que encontró trabajo
for ease of reference → para facilitar la referencia
the camera's ease of use → la facilidad de uso de la cámara
with ease → con facilidad
people immediately feel at ease with her → la gente inmediatamente se siente a gusto or cómoda con ella
he was completely at ease with himself → se encontraba completamente a gusto consigo mismo
I would feel more at ease if I knew where she was → me sentiría más tranquilo si supiera dónde está
to put sb at his/her ease → hacer que algn se relaje, tranquilizar a algn
to put or set sb's mind at ease → tranquilizar a algn
if it will put your mind at ease I'll tell you → si te tranquiliza te lo digo
his ease of manner → su naturalidad
to take one's ease → descansar
see also ill A2
a life of ease → una vida cómoda or desahogada
to live a life of ease → vivir cómodamente
these measures will ease the burden on small businesses → estas medidas aligerarán la carga de las pequeñas empresas
she gave them money to ease her conscience → les dio dinero para quedarse con la conciencia tranquila
it will ease her mind to know the baby's all right → le tranquilizará saber que el bebé está bien
aid to help ease the plight of refugees → ayuda para paliar la difícil situación de los refugiados
attempts to ease traffic congestion → intentos de descongestionar el tráfico
this will help to ease the workload → esto ayudará para hacer menos pesado el trabajo
the snow had eased off → había dejado de nevar con tanta fuerza
if you don't ease up, you'll make yourself ill → como no te tomes las cosas con más tranquilidad te vas a poner malo
we can't afford to ease up yet → no podemos relajarnos or bajar el ritmo todavía
ease up a bit! → ¡relájate un poco!
to ease sb's mind → tranquillizzare or rassicurare qn
to ease sth out/in → facilitare l'uscita/l'entrata di qc
to ease in the clutch (Aut) → rilasciare la frizione dolcemente