Definition of 'loosen'
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Example sentences containing 'loosen'
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Carefully spread the butter under the loosened skin of the turkey. Times, Sunday Times (2016)He had heard the crowd grow more raucous as the afternoon wore on and the consumption of beer loosened tongues. Times, Sunday Times (2016)This will loosen the grip they have on you. Times, Sunday Times (2014)Subsequent work helped to hasten the loosening of government control over broadcasting. Times, Sunday Times (2013)Some nights no one seemed willing to loosen the hold that sounds had on us. Exploring language (6th edn) (1995)The idea was to loosen the bolts of our thinking. Times, Sunday Times (2015)The chances of a loosening in monetary policy are slim while those price pressures remain. Times, Sunday Times (2014)Little by little their tongues loosened up. The Times Literary Supplement (2013)You may want to go for a gentle run to loosen the muscles and calm the nerves. The Sun (2013)Mix together well to loosen the mixture slightly. Times, Sunday Times (2012)When you have some time off you have to loosen up a bit. The Sun (2014)We must not loosen the tight grip on tax and spending. Times, Sunday Times (2011)The architects of that boom will not loosen their grip without a fight. Times, Sunday Times (2012)So there will be no loosening of controls on spending or public sector pay. Times, Sunday Times (2008)It was perhaps in making his salute to her that he loosened his hold on the monkey. A Little Princess (1905)This will help to loosen the skins. Times, Sunday Times (2013)At parties he drank heavily to loosen his tongue. Times, Sunday Times (2012)The heat is said to loosen the muscles for stunning feats of flexibility. Times, Sunday Times (2013)They leave the chewing gum but loosen it a bit. Times, Sunday Times (2007)The quid pro quo is that the union must loosen the reins of power. Times, Sunday Times (2006)Protesters have spent six months demanding the king loosen his grip on power. The Sun (2011)And how can we loosen its oppressive hold on our lives? Christianity Today (2000)The collagen bonds are loosened so the skin tightens. The Sun (2008)Doing so will provide them with more leeway to loosen policy should global conditions take a sharp turn for the worse. Times, Sunday Times (2012)Welfare reform is politically very difficult and it was far easier to leave people on benefits while loosening immigration controls to hire workers from abroad. Times, Sunday Times (2014)
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Translations for 'loosen'
British English: loosen VERB
restrictions If someone loosens restrictions or laws, for example, they make them less strict or severe.
Many groups are pressing the government to loosen interest rates.
British English: loosen VERB
clothing If you loosen your clothing or something that is tied or fastened, you undo it slightly so that it is less tight or less firmly held in place.
He reached up to loosen the scarf around his neck.
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