loosen up

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v loosen up cause to feel relaxed "A hot bath always relaxes me"
    • v loosen 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"
    • v loosen up make one's body limber or suppler by stretching, as if to prepare for strenuous physical activity
    • v loosen up cause to become unblocked "The medicine unstuffed my nose in minutes!"
    • v 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"
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Usage

In literature:

That loosened a strain for Pan and he picked up the lad.
"Valley of Wild Horses" by Zane Grey
I made him loosen up for fifteen, and he howled like a wolf.
"Old Man Curry" by Charles E. (Charles Emmett) Van Loan
When he woke up, quite refreshed, he cautiously loosened his trap and peeped out.
"Japanese Fairy World" by William Elliot Griffis
This brought the sweat out upon me and loosened me up.
"Tales of Fishes" by Zane Grey
I had seen the multitudes "loosen up," I had felt myself melt into the crowd.
"The Harbor" by Ernest Poole
Hilary disposed of them up the slope of the hill on either side, set them to loosening jutting boulders.
"Slaves of Mercury" by Nat Schachner
He'd bring up his old rattan, and loosen that stiff hide of yours.
"The Vast Abyss" by George Manville Fenn
The other loosened his cloak which had covered him up to the nose.
"The Fifth Queen" by Ford Madox Ford
Are things loosening up there?
"Freedom" by Dallas McCord Reynolds
I often notice myself running my fingers through my hair about the opening sentence, as though I could thereby loosen up my brain.
"The Art of Lecturing" by Arthur M. (Arthur Morrow) Lewis
Katherine sat up with a jerk, sending a loosened particle of stone bounding and clattering down the face of the cliff.
"The Campfire Girls on Ellen's Isle" by Hildegard G. Frey
The next surface-furrow will cover up this loosened subsoil.
"Soil Culture" by J. H. Walden
I loosened it and then got tangled up in it.
""And they thought we wouldn't fight"" by Floyd Gibbons
They lift the earth up, instead of pressing it downwards, thus loosening instead of compacting the soil.
"The Elements of Agriculture" by George E. Waring
Loosen up there a bit, will you?
"Side-stepping with Shorty" by Sewell Ford
When setting I dig big holes and loosen up the subsoil about a foot.
"The Apple" by Various
Loosen up and reel out the music, Vic.
"The Patchwork Girl of Oz" by L. Frank Baum
It wouldn't have loosened the knot, or kept the drop up, a minute longer.
"Dickens' Stories About Children Every Child Can Read" by Charles Dickens
As he climbed up on the embankment of stones, one, loosened by his tread, dislodged another.
"The Triumph of Hilary Blachland" by Bertram Mitford
Them fellers should loosen up also oncet in a while.
"The Competitive Nephew" by Montague Glass
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In poetry:

"Loved to sit still among the flowers, till night
Had quite come on, hair loosen'd, for she said,
Smiling like heaven, that its fairness might
Draw up the wind sooner to cool her head.
"King Arthur's Tomb" by William Morris
And we seek yet if God or man
Can loosen thee as Lazarus,
Bid thee rise up republican
And save thyself and all of us;
But no disciple's tongue can say
When thou shalt take our sins away.
"Before A Crucifix" by Algernon Charles Swinburne
They saw the cables loosened, they saw the gangways cleared,
They heard the women weeping, they heard the men that cheered;
Far off, far off, the tumult faded and died away,
And all alone the sea-wind came singing up the Bay.
"The Sailing Of The Long-Ships" by Sir Henry Newbolt
Sebald
My brain is drowned now—quite drowned: all I feel
Is . . . is, at swift-recurring intervals,
A hurry-down within me, as of waters
Loosened to smother up some ghastly pit:
There they go—whirls from a black fiery sea!
"Pippa Passes: Part I: Morning" by Robert Browning
Then, as Spike makes a move, I raised me mits
Fearin' a foul; an' Rat-face does 'is block.
'E loosens up a string uv epi-tits
That seem to jolt the parson with a shock.
Filthy an' free they was, make no mistakes.
Then Snowy wakes.
"'Ave a 'eart!" by C J Dennis

In news:

Leading a meeting or brainstorming session and want to get your group to loosen up and forget their fear of embarrassment.
"I think they need to loosen up," he said.
Guys, what do we say to Al now that he's loosening up, he's known around the world, and he's on the market.
Some House Democrats are sponsoring legislation that critics say would loosen regulation of monopoly gas and electric utilities, driving up rates for consumers.
Ryan Mathews' tight neck loosened up as the week progressed.
As a groom is raked over the carpet, it pulls up the pile or nap, loosening soil and keeping the yarn of the carpet lifted.
Loosening up doesn't mean you have to look like a slob.
John Riggins and ' Loosen Up, Sandy.
"I think Austin's shot loosened everybody up," Leyland said.
Supreme Court should loosen up on recording rules.
The Fed's Own Forecasts Show That It Needs to Loosen Up.
Japanese Shoppers Loosen Up Online.
Class participants do a lot of twisting and turning to loosen up the tight muscles in the core of their bodies.
"THIS is like when a batter steps up to the plate," said Aaron Bateman, flexing and flailing his wrists, loosening those muscles, relaxing those joints.
Fortunately, the world of managed care has begun to loosen up.
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In science:

Zeinalian and the author were able to show, that if one loosens the condition to ”inner-product-preserving maps up to homotopy”, then cochains on any compact manifold possess an ∞-inner-productstructure realizing Poincar´e-duality, which is preserved by homotopy equivalences.
Infinity-Inner-Products on A-Infinity-Algebras
Also in our recent studies we have found out that is much more efficient and accurate to loosen up the originally applied very strict flatness criteria [40, 41].
Multicritical Points and Crossover Mediating the Strong Violation of Universality: Wang-Landau Determinations in the Random-Bond $d=2$ Blume-Capel model
Next, in section 4 we loosen up by computing the expected length and absolute length of a product of random reflections or simple reflections in the dihedral groups I2 (m).
Expected length of a product of random reflections
As the wood of soundboard ages with vibrations due to frequent playing, the areas that move a lot in the nodal patterns loosen up and continually flexed while other areas of little movements get stiffer.
Music in Terms of Science
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