let (one's) hair down

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let (one's) hair down

To cease acting formally or conservatively; to ignore or relinquish one's inhibitions or reservations. Also worded as "let down (one's) hair." Come on, Jim, this is a party! Let your hair down and go a little wild!
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let one's hair down

 
1. Lit. to undo one's hair and let it fall freely. When she took off her glasses and let her hair down, she was incredibly beautiful.
2. Fig. to tell [someone] everything; to tell one's innermost feelings and secrets. Let your hair down and tell me all about it. Come on. Let your hair down and tell me what you really think.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

let one's hair down

Also, let down one's hair. Drop one's reserve or inhibitions, behave casually or informally, as in Whenever the two sisters get together, they let their hair down and discuss all their problems . This expression alludes to the practice of women taking down their pinned-up long hair only in the privacy of the bedroom. [c. 1900]
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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.

let your hair down

COMMON If you let your hair down, you relax and enjoy yourself, and do not worry about being dignified or behaving correctly. It is only with friends that most people feel they can let their hair down and be themselves. He enjoyed all the jokes, but you got the impression he couldn't really let his hair down.
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Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012

let your hair down

behave wildly or uninhibitedly. informal
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Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017

let your ˈhair down

(informal) relax completely and enjoy yourself, especially after a period when you have not been able to do so: Why don’t you let your hair down a bit? Come out with us for the evening.In the past, women wore their hair tied up when they were in public and only untied their hair in private or in informal situations.
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Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017

let (one's) hair down

To drop one's reserve or inhibitions.
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American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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For she was a Carlist, and of Basque blood at that, with something of a lioness in the expression of her courageous face (especially when she let her hair down), and with the volatile little soul of a sparrow dressed in fine Parisian feathers, which had the trick of coming off disconcertingly at unexpected moments.
Taylor Swift literally let her hair down as she partied with a gaggle of famous friends and danced the night away - singing one of her own songs and bathing in her continued success.
"Cheryl has been doing the show for years and understands there are times when it doesn't have to be deadly serious and when to let her hair down."
This isn't the first time she's let her hair down, she had let it loose during an event in Colombia back in April, and even pounded a beer.
The Corrie star, 24, let her hair down for a six-hour bender on Friday in the absence of on/off boyfriend Max George from The Wanted, who is on a US tour.
Anna Friel let her hair down, and Geri Halliwell snogged new beau Henry Beckwith.
My spy in the mud said: "Lily would usually be the life and soul of the party but on Friday when she would have usually have let her hair down after being on stage, she hung out with her family."
Meanwhile, those watching tonight can look forward to the opening show monologue, themed comedy sketches and specially designed games, which will gives the Smile singer the chance to let her hair down.
Party girl Cheryl Tweedy really let her hair down after her homecoming gig.
She needs to let her hair down and have some really hot lesbian sex!
NICOLA Roberts took time out from Girls Aloud's hectic pre Christmas schedule to let her hair down at the Newz Bar at the weekend.
Mapp was riveting throughout, as cool as a dairy case full of popsicles, except when she let her hair down (literally) to bump and grind in an overtly sexual hoochie-koochie.
Gerrard, who had been recuperating at home with her newborn, Lourdes, seemed ready to let her hair down and pulled off a tough outfit.
But the Celebrity Xtra presenter on Living TV did reveal she wants to let her hair down this year.
Millie let her hair down after reports that she and husband Professor Green, 31, had visited a couples' therapist.