loosen up


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loosen up

1. Literally, to become looser, less tight, or less restricting. If those shoes are stiff right now, just give them time—they'll loosen up.
2. To make something looser, less tight, or less restricting. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "loosen" and "up." Thanks, that massage really loosened up my shoulders. I can't seem to loosen the knot up. Loose up your grip a little and your hand won't hurt as much.
3. To relax and act in a less serious manner. Oh, loosen up! It's a party—no one wants to talk about work stuff.
4. To cause one to relax and act in a less serious manner. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "loosen" and "up." My sister is very shy, but for whatever reason, our cousin Sarah always manages to loosen her up.
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loosen someone or something up

to make someone's muscles and joints move more freely by exercising them. The exercise loosened me up quite nicely. It loosened up my legs. I have to do some exercises to loosen myself up.
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loosen someone up

Fig. to make someone or a group more relaxed and friendly. I loosened up the audience with a joke. Loosen yourself up. Relax and try to enjoy people.
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loosen up

to become loose or relaxed. Loosen up. Relax. We tried to get Mary to loosen up, but she did not respond.
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loosen up

v.
1. To cause someone or something to become more loose or relaxed: After the big meal, I loosened up my belt. The trainer loosened me up with a massage before the fight.
2. To become more loose or relaxed: The knots loosened up, and the captives worked themselves free. They seemed shy at first, but by the end of the dinner, the guests had really loosened up.
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The Red Cross encourages motorcycle owners and enthusiasts, and those who wish to be a biker for the night, to loosen up their ties and let their hair down for the evening.
I can come out here and practice, and my foot will just loosen up.
Instead of merely playing catch to loosen up, the pitcher can throw at specified targets.
Forty six percent (46 percent) of 18 - 29 year olds and 40 percent of 30 - 39 year olds are very likely to or definitely going to have a drink to loosen up just before they break up with someone.
Clinton could determine whether they press ahead or say, you know, maybe we should loosen up.
I think we should loosen up and go out and show we're as good a team as we're expected to be, instead of being afraid we're going to disprove that.