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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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In "Letting Go of Leo: How I Broke Up With Perfection", Simi Botic (who left her career as an attorney and set out to help create a world where more women know they're already enough) gets personal about what she's experienced and learned.
While Mendiola spent her time decluttering her closet, Magdangal on her end tried the KonMari method when it came to letting go of her shoes.
Starting the new year, as parents, allow your child to learn and let go of his past mistakes but also remember to work on yourself by letting go of your child's mistakes.
There are times when reconciliation is not in someone's best interests, such as in the case of a murder or violent situation, but forgiveness does not mean forgetting it means letting go of the anger and resentment towards the person who hurt you and moving on without those emotions in your heart.
Even if your client knows he no longer has the focus and stamina that used to come so effortlessly, letting go of that hard-won identity is bound to be a process fraught with emotion.
The Ascension - Jesus' departure and ascent into heaven - meant letting go of the relationship the disciples had known.
By letting go of the uncontrollable and unchangeable aspects of life, you allow the emotional ties that are not beneficial to you or others to dissolve naturally, thereby releasing you from those life-draining entanglements.
Because he loves him, Jesus lovingly invites this man to follow him, to take the next step to accept his healing; not a pill, but to move to embrace eternal life by letting go of his possessions and making restitution to the poor.
For married couples, the letting go of doves represents an ancient ritual symbolizing the many elements of married life.
Letting go of emotional patterns does more than make us feel better emotionally.
Mr Shaw said because of inadequate or perfunctory briefing by McDermott, those on the belay had failed to understand the crucial importance of not letting go of the rope.
I've been particularly conscious of letting go of expectations from those who seek a specific response from me.
(e) Letting go of anything (or anyone) that has become a significant part of our lives seldom occurs without a good dose of angst, Sturm und Drang, and other properly Teutonic experiences.
With this image, the poem's various celebrations of "letting go" flow together: the poet's letting go of having children, letting herself gladly be "a useless woman"; Jesus' letting go into a woman, evoked in an icon of "the black madonna...
The series may not make letting go of grief easier, but it might go some way to help understand that holding on to it isn't abnormal.