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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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Gombrich once wrote that he hoped to "open eyes, not loosen tongues.
Drink does loosen tongues, as well as inhibitions, but they tighten up again when the effects of the booze wear off.