‘Lighten up’

When you tell someone to lighten up, you are asking them to relax. In other words, you are telling them to take it easy. To calm down.

Examples: ”You don’t have to shout at her so much. All she did was ask you an innocent question. You need to lighten up.”

Source: S. Upendran, The Hindu ‘Know Your English’ Series, February 13, 2006

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