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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR LET-UP

Yet they say these geysers has been running for years and no let-up.

So far as they could tell, there did not appear to be any let-up to the fury of the storm.

The storm continued, after an eight-hour let-up, the temperature rising.

Clearly there was to be no let-up in the manner of conducting the Latin class.

I've been watching for two mortal hours and there hasn't been a let-up yet.

Rainy days meant no let-up in her work, as they did in Father's.

Slowly the day of storm passed, but with no let-up in the falling snow.

There was no let-up in the hurricane, for such it really proved to be.

She knew the danger, in such an emotional crisis as this, of any let-up.

If we don't get a let-up early we're going to be plumb out uh hay.

WORD ORIGIN

Old English lætan "to allow to remain; let go, leave, depart from; leave undone; to allow; bequeath," also "to rent" (class VII strong verb; past tense let, past participle læten), from Proto-Germanic *letan (cf. Old Saxon latan, Old Frisian leta, Dutch laten, German lassen, Gothic letan "to leave, let"), from PIE *le- "to let go, slacken" (cf. Latin lassus "faint, weary," Lithuanian leisti "to let, to let loose;" see lenient). If that derivation is correct, the primary sense would be "let go through weariness, neglect."

Of blood, from late Old English. To let (something) slip originally (1520s) was a reference to hounds on a leash; figurative use from 1540s. To let (someone) off "allow to go unpunished" is from 1814. To let on "reveal, divulge" is from 1725; to let up "cease, stop" is from 1787. Let alone "not to mention" is from 1812.

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