let down (one's) hair

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let down (one's) hair

To cease acting formally or conservatively; to let go of one's inhibitions or reservations. Come on, Jim, this is a party! Let down your hair and go a little wild!
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But when she let down her hair, which she did now and then, for she was vain of it, you saw that it was long and dark and curly; and her eyes had remained young and vivacious.
Then he went into the field, and hid himself in a bush by the meadow's side; and he soon saw with his own eyes how they drove the flock of geese; and how, after a little time, she let down her hair that glittered in the sun.
She was going to let down her hair, and make herself look like that picture of a lady in Miss Lydia Donnithorne's dressing-room.
Gothel, the wicked witch, has Rapunzel prisoner in a tall tower and the only way in is for Rapunzel to let down her hair for the witch climb up.
Mirvis takes mincing steps, like refusing to let down her hair in the mikvah, a Jewish cleansing bath to demarcate her days of "impurity." In a humiliating ritual, women are made to insert a clean piece of cloth in their vagina to bring to the rabbi for inspection of potential menstrual stains before being deemed kosher, like ritually slaughtered meat.
The story begins in familiar fashion, with the well-known call from the witch to Rapunzel to let down her hair so that the witch can climb up and snip off some locks to sell.
An actress formally schooled in the classics, she was so secure in her thespic acumen that she could occasionally let down her hair, shake it into a frizzy and messy mop, and belt out a soppy Abba anthem or three.
Her break last week saw the Dubliner let down her hair and show off the body which so captivated fellow I'm A Celebrity contestant Jake Quikenden.
It's time for the mortality librarian to take off her glasses, let down her hair, and enjoy some positive attention for a change.
Help Rapunzel let down her hair. Load the compound and crank out Rapunzers long locks.
"After being cooped up in The Apprentice house for weeks she was determined to let down her hair and lots more besides.
Helping our hero, with grim reluctance, is by-the-book female detective Natsuko Aki (Mikako Ichikawa), who might be pretty if she took off her glasses and let down her hair.
Well, it's time for Mrs Pawson to let down her hair, bring out the memorabilia and objets d'art and even experiment with splashes of colour and a splurge of pattern.
Brittany Ferries (0870 514 3537) or book online at www.brittanyferries.co.ukday out.It's a picturesque village, clinging to the rocky sides of a valley and there's a ruinedRenaissance castle where our imaginations took flight and we wondered from which window Rapunzel might have let down her hair.
But he can still cut the mustard as a leading man - when he gets Miss Jones to let down her hair.