loosen up
intransitive verb Date: 1922 to become less tense ; relax

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • loosen up — (someone) to behave in a relaxed, informal way. Slowly she began to loosen up and, by the second semester, she was making friends with her classmates. The question was supposed to loosen people up and chase away their anxieties …   New idioms dictionary

  • loosen up — 1) PHRASAL VERB If a person or situation loosens up, they become more relaxed and less tense. [V P] Relax, smile; loosen up in mind and body and behaviour... [V P] Things loosened up, in politics and the economy... [V P n] I think people have… …   English dictionary

  • loosen up — phrasal verb Word forms loosen up : present tense I/you/we/they loosen up he/she/it loosens up present participle loosening up past tense loosened up past participle loosened up 1) [intransitive/transitive] to exercise your muscles before doing… …   English dictionary

  • loosen up — verb 1. cause to become unblocked (Freq. 1) The medicine unstuffed my nose in minutes! • Syn: ↑unstuff • Ant: ↑stuff (for: ↑unstuff) …   Useful english dictionary

  • loosen up — you need to loosen up Syn: relax, unwind, ease up, calm down; informal lighten up, go easy, chill out, kick back …   Thesaurus of popular words

  • loosen up — warm up in preparation for an activity. → loosen …   English new terms dictionary

  • loosen up — verb a) to become loose; to loosen b) to relax, act less seriously …   Wiktionary

  • loosen up — Synonyms and related words: amuse, beguile, beguile the time, convulse, delight, divert, drown care, ease off, enliven, entertain, exhilarate, fracture one, have a ball, have fun, kill, kill time, knock dead, laugh it up, live it up, raise a… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • ˌloosen ˈup — phrasal verb 1) informal to relax or become less serious 2) to exercise your muscles before you do physical activity …   Dictionary for writing and speaking English

  • loosen up someone — loosen up (someone) to behave in a relaxed, informal way. Slowly she began to loosen up and, by the second semester, she was making friends with her classmates. The question was supposed to loosen people up and chase away their anxieties …   New idioms dictionary

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