take it easy: meaning and explanation

Take it easy is an informal way of saying relax. e.g. You’ve been working so hard, it will be nice for you to take it easy for a bit.

In other situations, take it easy can mean calm down or stay calm. e.g. Hey, take it easy. I’m sure he didn’t mean to insult you.

Take it easy can also be used as a way of saying goodbye. e.g. Thanks for having us over. Take it easy!.

Have a go at this dictation exercise to hear this expression being used in context – how much can you understand?

Dictation #1

Accent: England (RP)

It’s hectic week, I’m it weekend.
It’s a very hectic week, I’m going take it this weekend.

…It’s been a very hectic week…

Hectic = stressful or busy. e.g. I doubt I’ll have time to chat later on – I’ve got a very hectic schedule today.

Discussion question

Write your answer to this question in the comments section, and I’ll get back to you with some feedback:

  • When was the last time you decided to take it easy? What did you do to relax?

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