(don't) go heavy on the mayo or salt

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epistolario

Senior Member
Tagalog
Let's say you believe that eating too much mayo or salt is not really healthy. I'm not sure using the phrase go heavy in the negative sounds natural:

Mom to son: Johnny, I've told you before not to go heavy on the mayo (in your sandwich).​
Dad to daughter: Don't go heavy on the salt, Jenny.​
 
  • heypresto

    Senior Member
    English - England
    It's understandable, but I think we tend to use 'go heavy' in a positive sense rather than a negative sense.

    A burger please, and go heavy on the onions.
    A chicken salad sandwich and go heavy on the mayo.

    That sort of thing.
     

    kentix

    Senior Member
    English - U.S.
    I would turn it to positive.

    Johnny, I've told you before you should go light on the mayo (in your sandwich).

    It's healthier to go light on the salt when you're cooking.
     
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