loosen up


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loosen someone or something up

to make someone's muscles and joints move more freely by exercising them. The exercise loosened me up quite nicely. It loosened up my legs. I have to do some exercises to loosen myself up.
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loosen someone up

Fig. to make someone or a group more relaxed and friendly. I loosened up the audience with a joke. Loosen yourself up. Relax and try to enjoy people.
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loosen up

to become loose or relaxed. Loosen up. Relax. We tried to get Mary to loosen up, but she did not respond.
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loosen up

v.
1. To cause someone or something to become more loose or relaxed: After the big meal, I loosened up my belt. The trainer loosened me up with a massage before the fight.
2. To become more loose or relaxed: The knots loosened up, and the captives worked themselves free. They seemed shy at first, but by the end of the dinner, the guests had really loosened up.
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recalls this as a particularly hard lesson for one of the company's division controllers: "He just couldn't loosen up.
Forty six percent (46 percent) of 18 - 29 year olds and 40 percent of 30 - 39 year olds are very likely to or definitely going to have a drink to loosen up just before they break up with someone.
I can come out here and practice, and my foot will just loosen up.
Instead of merely playing catch to loosen up, the pitcher can throw at specified targets.
Then there's the other John Wall, the one who dances on the sideline before a game or cracks a joke in the locker room, his own way to loosen up and eliminate nerves.
Clinton could determine whether they press ahead or say, you know, maybe we should loosen up.