loosen


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loosen

(Ease up), verb abate, allay, alleviate, assuage, decrease tension, diminish, ease, ease off, extricate, free, lessen, let loose, let up, lighten, mitigate, moderate, palliate, reduce, relax, release, relieve, soften, soften up, weaken
Associated concepts: loosen a monopoly, loosen rules, loosen the law

loosen

(Release), verb cut loose, detach, disjoin, ease, free, let go, let loose, let up, loosen, relax, relieve tension, unbind, unbolt, unbridle, unbuckle, undo, unfasten, unfetter, unlatch, unlock, unloosen, unshackle, untie
See also: disencumber, disentangle, disenthrall, dissociate, ease, extricate, give, relax, remit, yield
References in classic literature ?
Holding up her apron full of flowers with her left hand, Proserpina seized the large shrub with the other, and pulled, and pulled, but was hardly able to loosen the soil about its roots.
I had been forced to loosen my grasp on expectation; and, but an hour ago, had sunk slackly under the discouraging thought that the current of life, and the impulse of destiny, had swept her for ever from my reach; and, behold, while bending suddenly earthward beneath the pressure of despondency--while following with my eyes the track of sorrow on the turf of a graveyard--here was my lost jewel dropped on the tear-fed herbage, nestling in the messy and mouldy roots of yew-trees.
I have, too, our drugs which loosen humours of the head in hot and angry men.
When he saw the convict approaching him with the bloody knife in his hand he kicked off his bonds, which he had somehow contrived to loosen, and rushing down the deck he plunged into the after-hold.
Every one of those knots he has made himself and could loosen himself; not one of them would have been made by an enemy really trying to pinion him.
Joe then found it easy to loosen the anchor and leaped lightly to his place beside the doctor.
To all this Robin answered never a word, but, having softly felt around till he found the buckle of the belt that held the Friar's sword, he worked slyly at the fastenings, seeking to loosen them.
At the sound of the first notes Katharine and Rodney both felt an enormous sense of relief at the license which the music gave them to loosen their hold upon the mechanism of behavior.
The monotonous order of plunging and rising, roaring and relaxing, was interfered with, and every one at table looked up and felt something loosen within them.
I can easily conceive that you might act in a way to loosen the tie she feels towards you--it must be remembered that she is only conditionally bound to you--and that in that case, another man, who may flatter himself that he has a hold on her regard, might succeed in winning that firm place in her love as well as respect which you had let slip.
Only when Hook was hidden from them did curiosity loosen the limbs of the boys so that they could rush to the ship's side to see the crocodile climbing it.
But on both occasions those lithe, powerful tails reached out and found sustaining branches, nor did either of the creatures loosen their grasp upon me.