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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR EASIER

It is easier to say what this expression is not, than what it is.

At length her head came up a little and her breathing was easier and easier.

To me, at least, the blow is easier to bear when I know that His beloved hand didn't strike it.

"I don't see any easier way to get half a million," he said aggressively.

The parting was easier than might have been expected, for we all rose to the occasion.

It is easier to set forces of love or hate moving than to check them in motion.

Farming is hard work, and I hope my boys will have an easier time than I had.

He tugged at his collar as if to breathe the easier, cleared his throat and began again.

What would be easier than to leave you here--for the wolves, or these Indians here?

The easier task, that of directing the machine, is left to the husband.'

WORD ORIGIN

c.1200, "at ease," from Old French aisie "comfortable, at ease, rich, well-off" (Modern French aisé), past participle of aisier "to put at ease," from aise (see ease).

Sense of "not difficult to deal with" is mid-14c.; of conditions, "comfortable," late 14c. The concept of "not difficult" was expressed in Old English and early Middle English by eaþe (adv.), ieþe (adj.), apparently common West Germanic, but of disputed origin. Easy Street first printed 1901 in "Peck's Red-Headed Boy." Easy money attested by 1896; to take it easy "relax" is from 1867; easy does it recorded by 1891. Easy rider (1912) was U.S. black slang for "sexually satisfying lover." The easy listening radio format is from 1965, defined by William Safire (in 1986) as, "the music of the 60's played in the 80's with the style of the 40's." Related: Easier; easiest.

Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.