loosen up

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v. loos·ened, loos·en·ing, loos·ens
1. To make looser or less tight: loosened his tie; loosened her grip on the rope.
2. To free from restraint, pressure, or strictness: loosened the requirements for graduation.
3. To free (the bowels) from constipation.
To become loose or looser: My shoelace has loosened.
Phrasal Verb:
loosen up
1. To do stretches or light exercise before a more strenuous activity.
2. To become less strict or tense, as in one's demeanor; relax: always loosened up after he got home.

[Middle English lousnen, losnen, from losen, from los, loose; see loose.]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.loosen up - cause to become unblockedloosen up - cause to become unblocked; "The medicine unstuffed my nose in minutes!"
disengage, free - free or remove obstruction from; "free a path across the cluttered floor"
unblock - clear or remove an obstruction from; "the procedure unblocked his arteries"
2.loosen up - become less tense, less formal, or less restrained, and assume a friendlier manner; "our new colleague relaxed when he saw that we were a friendly group"
behave, act, do - behave in a certain manner; show a certain behavior; conduct or comport oneself; "You should act like an adult"; "Don't behave like a fool"; "What makes her do this way?"; "The dog acts ferocious, but he is really afraid of people"
3.loosen up - make one's body limber or suppler by stretching, as if to prepare for strenuous physical activityloosen up - make one's body limber or suppler by stretching, as if to prepare for strenuous physical activity
exercise, work out - do physical exercise; "She works out in the gym every day"
4.loosen up - become less tense, rest, or take one's easeloosen up - become less tense, rest, or take one's ease; "He relaxed in the hot tub"; "Let's all relax after a hard day's work"
vege out, vegetate - engage in passive relaxation; "After a hard day's work, I vegetate in front of the television"
sit back, take it easy - settle into a comfortable sitting position
change state, turn - undergo a transformation or a change of position or action; "We turned from Socialism to Capitalism"; "The people turned against the President when he stole the election"
5.loosen up - cause to feel relaxedloosen up - cause to feel relaxed; "A hot bath always relaxes me"
affect - act physically on; have an effect upon; "the medicine affects my heart rate"
unbend - release from mental strain, tension, or formality; "unbend the mind from absorbing too much information"
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w>loosen up

vt sep muscleslockern; soilauflockern
vi (muscles)locker werden; (athlete)sich (auf)lockern; (= relax)auftauen
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Summary: I can occasionally loosen up and dance to the tunes of the joyous music of childhood
According to Mendigoria, Didal is undergoing therapy to loosen up her strained right thigh brought about by years of perfecting her routines.
As for show co-creator Jonathan Nolan, he told (https://www.ew.com/article/2016/10/23/westworld-dissonance-theory) Entertainment Weekly that the show really has a lot of surprises in store, so fans who have strong opinions about the plot and characters need to loosen up. "I think you want to assume as little as possible when watching this show," he said.
Pick up one half and use your thumbs to push down on the center where the stem is and loosen up the seed, kind of like you are going to turn it inside out (but you're not).