let go of

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Verb1.let go of - release, as from one's griplet go of - release, as from one's grip; "Let go of the door handle, please!"; "relinquish your grip on the rope--you won't fall"
muster out, discharge - release from military service
unclasp - release from a clasp; "She clasped and unclasped her hands"
pop - release suddenly; "pop the clutch"
toggle - release by a toggle switch; "toggle a bomb from an airplane"
unhand - remove the hand from
bring out, let out - bring out of a specific state
unleash - release or vent; "unleash one's anger"
let loose, loose, unleash - turn loose or free from restraint; "let loose mines"; "Loose terrible plagues upon humanity"
unleash - release from a leash; "unleash the dogs in the park"
disengage, withdraw - release from something that holds fast, connects, or entangles; "I want to disengage myself from his influence"; "disengage the gears"
hold, take hold - have or hold in one's hands or grip; "Hold this bowl for a moment, please"; "A crazy idea took hold of him"
References in classic literature ?
He heard her, and tried to pull down the sail; but the wind would not let go of the broad canvas and the ropes had become tangled.
Just as you please,' said Nikita, and again let go of his collar.
I was so thoroughly the master of John Barleycorn I could take up with him or let go of him whenever I pleased, just as I had done all my life.
Anne promptly let go of her candle and plate in her surprise, and plate, candle, and apples crashed together down the cellar ladder and were found at the bottom embedded in melted grease, the next day, by Marilla, who gathered them up and thanked mercy the house hadn't been set on fire.
She suddenly let go of me-- she threw up her hands, and wrung them frantically in the air.
Four years into cancer recovery, I found that I was still trying to figure out how to let go of the notion of being a cancer patient.
It worked and he let go of the shopping bags but punched her in the face.
Critique: A relatively quick and easy read, "Can You Let Go of a Grudge?
It only seemed like yesterday that I stood by the school gates and watched you play But I turned around and here you are a six foot man walking out the door And alas the time has come I must let go of your hand my beautiful son.
While Lee has finally let go of the battle to live, his family will never let go of their love for him or their need for justice.
According to Dwoskin, "You have the ability - at this very moment - to let go of all the negative thoughts and feelings that are detrimental to your well-being such as fear, anxiety, depression, grief, day-to-day stress or any other unresolved emotional issues.
When God gave him the choice to put his hand into the great candy jar of worldly pleasures and possessions ("Ask something of me and I will give it to you," 1 Kings 3:5), Solomon let go of all else in order to be blessed by God with the gift of wisdom.