let (someone or something) go

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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 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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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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let go

To cease to employ; dismiss: had to let 20 workers go.
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References in classic literature ?
Said he'd put me to drivin' in a few days, an' that there wasn't enough good four-horse men to let one go easily."
Two days later, I received an email from Dalisay saying the script font was quite rare and that he only had one script model in his collection of 30 typewriters, but he knew someone with a collection of over a hundred typewriters who was willing to let one go. It was a choice between an Olympia Traveller and an Olivetti-Underwood.
But he hinted that if Gerrard is tempted to let one go for a big fee to strengthen his squad, the Colombian striker is more expendable.
"We had a few decent efforts, the goalkeeper let one go over their heads but the conditions were terrible for both teams.
Never, however, have they so regretted a decision to let one go that they were willing to pay more to bring it back than they made on its sale.
'We felt we let one go yesterday - we ended up second when we should have won - so we were pretty focused on winning going into today,' he said.
Just look at him, tossing his tousled hair, taking selfies and doing forward lunges around his loft-style London apartment, stopping only to microwave some raw eggs and spoon them into half an avocado "That is NAUGHTY," he squeaked, looking as smug as a someone who's silently let one go in a crowded lift.
"I let one go right on the previous hole, the three-iron, and I did the exact same thing at 16.
"I let one go right on the previous hole with a three iron and I did the exact same thing there, so it was basically just a bad swing.
Stevie tells Scrapp that things won't be OK until he makes a choice, but he isn't ready to let one go.
When asked prior to Saturday's defeat to Tottenham about the goalkeeper situation, Allardyce was coy on whether he'd be willing to let one go.