loosen up

verb
loosened up; loosening up; loosens up

Definition of loosen up

intransitive verb

: to become less tense : relax

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Examples of loosen up in a Sentence

asked the school administrators to loosen up the rules on what can be printed on T-shirts a high-pressure job that makes it hard for him to loosen up even on weekends

First Known Use of loosen up

1922, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of loosen up was in 1922

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“Loosen up.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/loosen%20up. Accessed 25 Jan. 2021.

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