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let (oneself) go

1. To behave in a wild or uninhibited manner. I was surprised that she let herself go at the party—she's usually so shy and reserved.
2. To fail to maintain an attractive physical appearance. A: "I was surprised to see that he had gained so much weight." B: "I know, he really let himself go after college."
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let (someone or something) go

1. To make free or give up control of something or someone; to release or discharge something or someone, as from confinement. Due to a lack of evidence, police had to let the suspects go. I love fishing but hate killing animals, so I let whatever I catch go.
2. To end a professional relationship with someone; to fire someone. A: "Wait, they fired you?" B: "Yes! They just let me go with no explanation!"
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let go

1. To stop physically holding on to someone or something. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "let" and "go." If you let go of the ledge, you'll fall! The baby refused to let go of the rattle. He let the rock go, and it was a long time before we heard it hit the bottom.
2. To fire or dismiss an employee. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "let" and "go." I'm worried that they'll let me go once this special project is over. I heard they're going to let go a lot of employees involved in the scandal.
3. To release someone or something from custody. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "let" and "go." We did bring him in for questioning, but we had nothing to charge him with, so we had to let him go. What time did you let go the prisoner?
4. To stop pursuing a particular desire or attempting to maintain a particular situation and accept things as they are. In this usage, the phrase is often "let it go." He's never going to clean the kitchen as diligently as you would—just let it go. It's been 10 years, Ken. I think it's time for you to let go and move on.
5. To relax and not focus on one's responsibilities or stresses. I think I just need a weekend where I can let go for a while and not worry about what's going on at work.
6. To make noise in a sudden, fierce, and/or uncontrolled manner. The trapped wolf let go with a bone-chilling howl.
7. To launch into a verbal attack or reprimand. I don't know what made him so angry, but he suddenly let go with a string of expletives.
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let someone go

Euph. to fire someone. They let Jane go from her job. Fm afraid we're going to have to let you go.
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let go

 (with something) and cut loose (with something); let loose (with something)
1. to shout something out or expel something; to shout or express something wildly. The whole team let go with a loud shout. The audience cut loose with a loud cheer.
2. to deliver a strong verbal reprimand. Molly let loose with a tremendous scolding at Dave. Dave cut loose with a vengeful retort.
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Let it go.

Forget it.; Stop worrying about it. Don't get so angry about it. Let it go. Let it go. Stop fretting.
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let oneself go

 
1. Fig. to become less constrained; to get excited and have a good time. I love to dance and just let myself go. Let yourself go, John. Learn to enjoy life.
2. Fig. to let one's appearance and health suffer. When I was depressed, I let myself go and was really a mess. He let himself go and gained 30 pounds.
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let go

1. Allow to escape, set free, as in The police decided to let him go. [c. 1300]
2. Also, let go of. Release one's hold on, as in Please let go of my sleeve, or Once he starts on this subject, he never lets go. [Early 1400s]
3. let it go. Allow it to stand or be accepted. For example, Let it go; we needn't discuss it further. This usage is sometimes amplified to let it go at that, meaning "allow matters to stand as they are." [Late 1800s]
4. Cease to employ, dismiss, as in They had to let 20 workers go.
5. Also, let oneself go. Behave without restraint, abandon one's inhibitions; also, neglect one's personal hygiene and appearance. For example, When the music began, Jean let herself go and started a wild dance, or After her husband's death she let herself go, forgetting to bathe and staying in her nightgown all day . The first sense dates from the late 1800s, the second from the early 1900s.
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let it go (or pass)

choose not to react to an action or remark.
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let yourself go

1 act in an unrestrained or uninhibited way. 2 neglect yourself or your appearance; become careless or untidy in your habits.
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let it ˈgo (at ˈthat)

say or do nothing more about something: I could have disagreed with him, but I let it go. I don’t like arguments.The police spoke firmly to the boy about the damage and then let it go at that.
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ˌlet somebody ˈgo


1 allow somebody to be free: Will they let the hostages go?
2 make somebody have to leave their job: They’re having to let 100 employees go because of falling profits.
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ˌlet somebody/something ˈgo

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ˌlet ˈgo (of somebody/something)


1 stop holding somebody/something: Let go of me! You’re hurting!Don’t let go of my hand, or you’ll get lost.
2 give up an idea or an attitude, or control of something: It’s time to let the past go.Some people find it hard to let go of their inhibitions.
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ˌlet yourself ˈgo


1 behave in a relaxed way without worrying about what people think of your behaviour: Come on, enjoy yourself, let yourself go!
2 stop being careful about how you look and dress, etc: He has let himself go since he lost his job.
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let go

To cease to employ; dismiss: had to let 20 workers go.
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His love assures us that when we let go of all that may come between ourselves and Jesus, we are thereby allowing God and grace and goodness to enter into our lives--there to abide, there to act, there to accomplish God's loving plan for us and for all.
As Mr Goldingay was sending a text message Drayton grabbed his phone and, because Mr Goldingay would not let go, dragged him off the bus.
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Embracing change requires the same ability to let go, as on a roller coaster, and goes against instinct for most (see sidebar, B.E.'s "Successpert Speaks").
From the amount of blood there was, I thought it had taken Kelsi's eye out." The angry animal eventually let go. The injured tot was rushed to a hospital, where she underwent surgery for the forehead wound and was given antibiotics to prevent infection.
Loneliness is the first emotion ever experienced in human life, immediately after birth, and the last emotion ever experienced on earth just prior to death, when we realize that we have to let go and that we will have to go on alone.
When the stronger dog clamped its jaws around his pet's neck and would not let go, the Mid-Scotland and Fife MSP jumped in.
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Greg Mangold, CreekPath System's vice president of sales and marketing, said the bedrock of the SSPs business is "the evolution of e-businesses relinquishing control of their systems and data." It can be hard for companies to let go of the data that represents their core competency But storing that data is probably not the company's mission, so as a service provider model frees up storage resources, the company can concentrate on what it does best.
His full voice started emerging at "home," and then, at "of the," you could tell he was about to let go, and the split sec ond of anticipation sent a charge through the crowd, and then he did let go, at "brave," with his whole throat--he sang that word without doubt, loudly, loudly, in a ferocious baritone, carrying the note for ten, fifteen seconds, as the flag waved around on the chintzy digital screen, as everyone's bones melted and brains liquefied.