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- v. to become loose; to loosen
- v. to relax, act less seriously.
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- v. become less tense, less formal, or less restrained, and assume a friendlier manner
- v. make one's body limber or suppler by stretching, as if to prepare for strenuous physical activity
- v. cause to feel relaxed
- v. cause to become unblocked
- v. become less tense, rest, or take one's ease
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I think they do it to loosen up their witnesses, the same way you get a person to talk about him-or herself at a cocktail party.
SIZE UP AND STRETCH Keep in mind that denim even without a touch of stretch or Lycra in the fabric will loosen up and stretch out over time.
He looked at me for a moment, perhaps hoping I would loosen up and hand him a fistful of Krugerands, but as I said, that cruller was weighing heavily on my mind and I did not relent.
He'd loosen up the soil with his hands, then pile it onto the cloth and use that to hoist it up out of the hole.