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Loosen up   /lˈusən əp/   Listen
Loosen up

Cause to become unblocked.  Synonym: unstuff.
Become less tense, less formal, or less restrained, and assume a friendlier manner.  Synonym: relax.
Make one's body limber or suppler by stretching, as if to prepare for strenuous physical activity.  Synonyms: limber up, warm up.
Become less tense, rest, or take one's ease.  Synonyms: decompress, relax, slow down, unbend, unwind.  "Let's all relax after a hard day's work"
Cause to feel relaxed.  Synonyms: make relaxed, relax, unlax, unstrain, unwind.

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"Loosen up" Quotes from Famous Books

... brag about that all the time when he isn't picking up live wires or getting in front of street cars or paying out money to wire-tappers or standing under a safe that's being hoisted into a skyscraper. When a New Yorker does loosen up,' says I, 'it's like the spring decomposition of the ice jam in the Allegheny River. He'll swamp you with cracked ice and back-water if you don't get ...
— The Gentle Grafter • O. Henry

Words linked to "Loosen up" :   unblock, take it easy, exercise, tense, strain, change state, free, do, behave, disengage, work out, vegetate, stuff, sit back, unbend, affect, turn, vege out, act

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