at ease

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Calque of Old French a eise, from a (at) + eise (ease).

Prepositional phrase[edit]

at ease

  1. Free of anxiety; not stressed or tense.
  2. (military, marching) In a relaxed position with the feet apart rather than at attention.
  3. (Can we verify(+) this sense?) (military, marching) Allowed to refrain from being in rigid formation.