Take the load off



Sit down, relax, as in I wish you’d take some time and take the load off. A shortening of take the load off one’s feet, this colloquial phrase dates from about 1940. It is sometimes put as take a load off.

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  • Take the pulse of

    Also, feel the pulse of. Try to determine the intentions or sentiments of a person or group, as in These exit polls allegedly take the pulse of the voters, but I don’t believe they’re very meaningful. [ First half of 1600s ]

  • Take the rough with the smooth

    Accept the bad along with the good, as in You can’t expect to close a lot of sales every week—you have to take the rough with the smooth . This adage was first recorded about 1400. Also see take the bitter with the sweet



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