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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
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Alcohol can loosen tongues, bringing long-running office tensions to the fore posing yet another risk of trouble.