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let go of

1. To release one's grip on someone or something. Please let go of me—you're hurting my arm! The child let go of the string, and the balloon floated up and away into the sky.
2. To fire or dismiss an employee. I'm worried that they'll let go of me once this special project is over. I heard they're letting go of a lot of high-level employees after the scandal.
3. To release someone or something from custody. We did bring him in for questioning, but we had nothing to charge him with, so we had to let go of him. What time did you let go of the prisoner?
4. To stop focusing or fixating on something in one's mind. I think I just need a weekend where I can chill out and let go of my worries for a while. It's been two years, Ken. I think it's time for you to let go of your marriage with Sandy and move on. I've been going to therapy to help me let go of the issues I have with my parents.
5. To release a captured animal. Due to overfishing in the rivers, we have to let go of anything we catch. I can't bring myself to kill mice, so I catch them in a humane mouse trap and let go of them outside.
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let go of someone or something

to release someone or something. Please let go of me! Don't let go of the steering wheel.
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It is an opportunity for you to take responsibility and modify what can be done, but you need to let go of everything else.
1 Take a moment to reflect on all of the things in your life you have already let go of. Feel free to start with no longer sleeping in a crib.
The victim's niece pushed him with both hands, he would not let go of the bags, and she bit him on the arm.
It only seemed like yesterday that you left our home and went on your way Be strong my son and face your fears and you'll be ready for the joys the laughs and the tears And alas the time has come and I can't let go of your hand my beautiful son Geraldine Costello, via email
Let go of your possessions, challenged Jesus; give them to the poor and Come follow me, unencumbered and free.
Over the course of many Easter seasons I have had to let go of lesser, even lifeless things - the steady paycheck attached to an emotionally toxic workplace; the dream of a relationship and the hope for married life; corrosive worry about how to provide for my needs, how to make my way in a world that felt like a heartless machine.
Let go of your possessions, your lifestyle of More that is making you ill.
You let go of habitual holding patterns and ways of thinking in order to let something new happen.
Let go of that nagging feeling that something could go wrong.
Still, there is something bracing about a 74-year-old scholar who cannot let go of the God he thinks has let go of him.
The man then let go of Emily before getting back into his vehicle and driving off.
And fall is the perfect time to let go of negative physical and emotional patterns.
The mother told how she was holding both her children in her arms, but because of the severity of the flood she faced the agonising decision of having to let go of one of the two youngsters.
I can't let go of the idea of getting back to size 8 from my current size 18.