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to loosen

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  • loosen someone's tongue — loosen someone’s tongue phrase to make someone more willing to talk about something Thesaurus: to persuade someone to tell you somethingsynonym Main entry: loosen * * * make someone talk freely * * * loosen someone s tongue : to cause someone to… …   Useful english dictionary

  • loosen — ► VERB 1) make or become loose. 2) (loosen up) warm up in preparation for an activity. ● loosen someone s tongue Cf. ↑loosen someone s tongue DERIVATIVES loosener noun …   English terms dictionary

  • Loosen — Loos en (l[=oo]s n), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Loosened} (l[=oo]s nd); p. pr. & vb. n. {Loosening}.] [See {Loose}, v. t.] 1. To make loose; to free from tightness, tension, firmness, or fixedness; to make less dense or compact; as, to loosen a string …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • loosen up someone — loosen up (someone) to behave in a relaxed, informal way. Slowly she began to loosen up and, by the second semester, she was making friends with her classmates. The question was supposed to loosen people up and chase away their anxieties …   New idioms dictionary

  • loosen up — (someone) to behave in a relaxed, informal way. Slowly she began to loosen up and, by the second semester, she was making friends with her classmates. The question was supposed to loosen people up and chase away their anxieties …   New idioms dictionary

  • loosen the purse strings — ► to spend more money or to allow people to have or spend more money: »He might even persuade the board to loosen the purse strings. Main Entry: ↑purse …   Financial and business terms

  • loosen someone's tongue — ► loosen someone s tongue make someone talk freely. Main Entry: ↑loosen …   English terms dictionary

  • loosen — [lo͞os′ən] vt., vi. to make or become loose or looser; specif., a) to free from confinement or restraint; unbind, unfasten, etc. b) to make less taut, less compact, etc. ☆ loosen up Informal 1. to talk freely 2. to give money generously 3. to… …   English World dictionary

  • loosen somebody up — ˌloosen ˈup | ˌloosen sb/sthˈup derived to relax your muscles or parts of the body or to make them relax, before taking exercise, etc • Dancers were loosening up before going on stage. Main entry: ↑loosenderived …   Useful english dictionary

  • loosen something up — ˌloosen ˈup | ˌloosen sb/sthˈup derived to relax your muscles or parts of the body or to make them relax, before taking exercise, etc • Dancers were loosening up before going on stage. Main entry: ↑loosenderived …   Useful english dictionary

  • Loosen — Loos en, v. i. To become loose; to become less tight, firm, or compact. S. Sharp. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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