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 for To stand at ease
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Ease \Ease\ ([=e]z), n. [OE. ese, eise, F. aise; akin to Pr.
     ais, aise, OIt. asio, It. agio; of uncertain origin; cf. L.
     ansa handle, occasion, opportunity. Cf. Agio, Disease.]
     1. Satisfaction; pleasure; hence, accommodation;
        entertainment. [Obs.]
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              They him besought
              Of harbor and or ease as for hire penny. --Chaucer.
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     2. Freedom from anything that pains or troubles; as:
        (a) Relief from labor or effort; rest; quiet; relaxation;
            as, ease of body.
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                  Usefulness comes by labor, wit by ease.
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                  Give yourself ease from the fatigue of watching.
        (b) Freedom from care, solicitude, or anything that annoys
            or disquiets; tranquillity; peace; comfort; security;
            as, ease of mind.
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                  Among these nations shalt thou find no ease.
                                                    xxviii. 65.
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                  Take thine ease, eat, drink, and be merry.
                                                    --Luke xii.
        (c) Freedom from constraint, formality, difficulty,
            embarrassment, etc.; facility; liberty; naturalness;
            -- said of manner, style, etc.; as, ease of style, of
            behavior, of address.
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                  True ease in writing comes from art, not chance.
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                  Whate'er he did was done with so much ease,
                  In him alone 't was natural to please. --Dryden.
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     At ease, free from pain, trouble, or anxiety. "His soul
        shall dwell at ease." --Ps. xxv. 12.
     Chapel of ease. See under Chapel.
     Ill at ease, not at ease, disquieted; suffering; anxious.
     To stand at ease (Mil.), to stand in a comfortable attitude
        in one's place in the ranks.
     With ease, easily; without much effort.
     Syn: Rest; quiet; repose; comfortableness; tranquillity;
          facility; easiness; readiness.
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