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hang loose

1. To remain calm. I know you're eager to get inside, but you need to hang loose while I find my keys.
2. To relax or unwind. I'm excited to spend a night hanging loose and watching movies with my girlfriends.
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hang loose

 and stay loose
to relax and stay calm. Just hang loose, man. Everything'll be all right. Stay loose, chum. See ya later.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

hang loose

Relax, take it easy, as in Just hang loose and it will all work out. [Slang; mid-1900s]
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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

hang loose

mainly AMERICAN, INFORMAL
1. If you tell someone to hang loose, you are telling them to relax or not to be too serious about something. Get something to eat and come back to the office. And hang loose.
2. If you hang loose, you spend time relaxing and enjoying yourself. I just want to hang loose with some old friends.
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Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012

hang (or stay) loose

be relaxed; refrain from taking anything too seriously. informal
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hang/stay ˈloose

(informal, especially American English) remain calm; not worry: It’s OK — hang loose and stay cool.
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Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017

hang loose

and stay loose
in. to relax and stay cool. Just hang loose, man. Everything’ll be all right. Stay loose, bud.
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McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.

hang loose

Relax, take it easy. This expression dates from the mid-1900s and became very popular during the hippie era of the 1960s. R. S. Parker had it in Effective Decisions (1977), “It is a popular philosophy today to ‘hang loose, trust your feelings, do what you really want to do.’”
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