loosen up

  1. 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
  2. cause to feel relaxed
    A hot bath always relaxes me
  3. cause to become unblocked
    The medicine unstuffed my nose in minutes!
  4. make one's body limber or suppler by stretching, as if to prepare for strenuous physical activity
  5. 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
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How To Use loosen up In A Sentence

  • Or you might need some interesting and kinky stuff to loosen up a very strangled libido.
  • The waltz, foxtrot, tango and quickstep are danced in rapid-fire succession in each ballroom round while salsa steps up the beat to let Latin competitors loosen up a little and go through the paces of the rhumba, samba and cha cha.
  • Some people are already masters of saying ‘no’ to themselves and would do much better to foster soul-traits that will help them loosen up and unbind themselves.
  • Young people often loosen up on the dance floor.
  • When they were done, Hearns didn't do anything else but loosen up and shadow box.
  • ‘Oh come on Wills,’ Blake tries to get our occasionally stuffy friend to loosen up.
  • You need to take some exercise to loosen up you muscles.
  • Then, aerate the lawn by pushing the prongs of a garden fork into the soil to a depth of 6in, and repeat at 9in intervals, to loosen up any compacted soil.
  • When this is all over, maybe they'll even instruct the real officials to loosen up a bit, to let the players play.
  • Young people often loosen up on the dance floor.
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