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Loosen up   /lˈusən əp/   Listen
Loosen up

Cause to become unblocked.  Synonym: unstuff.
Become less tense, less formal, or less restrained, and assume a friendlier manner.  Synonym: relax.
Make one's body limber or suppler by stretching, as if to prepare for strenuous physical activity.  Synonyms: limber up, warm up.
Become less tense, rest, or take one's ease.  Synonyms: decompress, relax, slow down, unbend, unwind.  "Let's all relax after a hard day's work"
Cause to feel relaxed.  Synonyms: make relaxed, relax, unlax, unstrain, unwind.

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"Loosen up" Quotes from Famous Books

... in a few sections where the soil is three feet deep—as I am told it is in the Illinois corn belt—all that is needed is to loosen up the soil to the depth mentioned, and add old manure. If the removal and bringing in of so much new soil is too harsh on the pocketbook we must proceed in a more economical way. If the soil is clayey in texture, mix with it sifted coal ashes or sand, ...
— Making a Garden of Perennials • W. C. Egan

... intimately, that you saw them frequently and talked with them in the way of business, and that you knew all about the capitalization scheme they were trying to put over," was Whitredge's summing up of the situation. "You'll have to loosen up, Weyburn, if you expect to get any help. I'll come around again this afternoon, and maybe by that time you will have taken ...
— Branded • Francis Lynde

... three apparently false starts; turns a somersault by placing his head on the ground and flopping over on his back; gets up and whickers like a horse; goes half-hammered, hop, step, and jump—he says, to loosen up his joints—scratches up the ground with his hands and feet, flops his arms and crows like a rooster, and says, "Bully for Bragg; he's hell on a retreat," and announces his readiness. The drum is tapped, and off they start. Well, Billy ...
— "Co. Aytch" - Maury Grays, First Tennessee Regiment - or, A Side Show of the Big Show • Sam R. Watkins

... he does not know whether the ladies noticed the oyster when it started on its travels or not, but he thought, as he leaned back and tried to loosen up his clothing, so it would hurry down toward his shoes, that they winked at each other, though they might have ...
— Peck's Compendium of Fun • George W. Peck

... The revolver wavered regretfully in Willa's fingers. "I'd have winged him at the start, but I reckon shooting don't go in New York. I'll take a chance, though, if he don't loosen up with every ...
— The Fifth Ace • Douglas Grant

... spendthrift, so I knew it would be beer for mine unless I made a great mental effort, so all the way up the street in the taxicab I just held thumbs and concentrated my mind—I saw more new style hats, too—and said to myself, 'For Heaven's sake, order wine,' 'Please loosen up and order wine.' All to myself, you understand, never once out loud, for though I am in the business I don't seek the ...
— The Sorrows of a Show Girl • Kenneth McGaffey

Words linked to "Loosen up" :   change state, decompress, vege out, stuff, disengage, unstrain, unstuff, vegetate, tense, exercise, limber up, do, strain, unblock, affect, make relaxed, take it easy, work out, relax, sit back, turn, free, unlax, unwind, act, behave

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