Definition of loosen up in English:

loosen up

phrasal verb

  • 1Relax one's muscles before taking exercise.

    ‘arrive early to loosen up and hit some practice shots’
    • ‘When you see a golfer taking a practice swing they are not just loosening up, they are telling their subconscious what they want to happen.’
    • ‘While almost everyone else on the team is getting pounded through the course of a game, the kicker wanders the sideline in a clean uniform, occasionally loosening up by kicking balls into a net.’
    • ‘The dancers and musicians loosened up for their collaboration through exercises such as call-and-response sessions, in which a musician would improvise a phrase and a dancer would respond with movement.’
    • ‘Stretching should always precede any form of exercise in order to warm and loosen up the muscles and to avoid injury.’
    • ‘With no practice swings or loosening up the Fulford ace let fly, despite being racked by pain in his neck and shoulders.’
    • ‘When she got up out of bed and did some get exercising to loosen up, she started to get ready for the council that afternoon.’
    • ‘While the rest of the Connecticut players merely loosen up, stretching the muscles used on their jump shots, Brown instantly goes to work.’
    • ‘Since the practice was held in Dalkey, a little less than 2 miles from the house, I decided to run there so I could loosen up and relax a bit.’
    • ‘She took a few steps away from the others and then started doing a few exercises to loosen up her cramped muscles.’
    • ‘There he is, at the end of the runway, preparing, psyching, wobbling thighs, flexing fingers, loosening up, imagining his jump, imaging he's going to jump right out of the stadium.’
    • ‘First classes were for beginners and those present were introduced to the foundation exercises to allow body muscles to loosen up.’
    • ‘Precede your weight training with a light whole-body cardio warm-up as usual, and do some light sets of the first exercise to loosen up your muscles.’
    1. 1.1 Become mentally relaxed.
      ‘they taught me to have fun and loosen up’
      • ‘He seemed quite nervous at first, but loosened up as the gig progressed.’
      • ‘Yet after he's got used to addressing 10,000 people he loosens up and gets right back into his lovable ‘isn't everything great?’’
      • ‘I loosened up a little and settled back into the chair.’
      • ‘‘People assume they're loosening up because they're drinking alcohol,’ he says.’
      • ‘But as the gig progressed he seemed to loosen up a bit and started making eye contact with audience members, and he flashed a few smiles in various directions.’
      • ‘Breathing and bonding exercises follow and as we all got to know each other, loosening up in the Greek heat, we risk the sort of gentle ribaldry and wicked banter that rapidly promotes friendships and constant hilarity.’
      • ‘In fact, he seems to have loosened up, as if he has less to prove.’
      • ‘This time, he turned his back on his usual references, loosened up and had great fun with colour and pattern.’
      • ‘Gawky and terrified during her first attempt to dance, she gradually began to loosen up.’
      • ‘As a blogger, I'd like to see him loosen up a bit: a few more shorter, less self-consciously ‘important’ pieces wouldn't go amiss.’
      • ‘As more drinks are consumed, I begin to loosen up.’
      • ‘‘She really loosens up then,’ says her husband smiling as he recalls the stress-free existence they enjoy away from athletics.’
      • ‘He just wants everything to be perfect, and while there's nothing inherently wrong with this meglomaniacal edge, sometimes you wish he was able to loosen up a little and enjoy the show like everyone else.’
      • ‘Golf is a game especially suited to loosening up, calming down and enjoying the company of friends in a leisurely landscape.’
      • ‘After a couple of pints we began to loosen up and we had a great night talking rubbish and joking and laughing.’
      • ‘He has been guarded and cautious in his tactics and his dealings with the press so far but perhaps next season, if he has graduated with honours, he will loosen up and begin to show how much he is enjoying life in Scotland.’
      • ‘She lacks her gift for self-deprecating comedy and she needs to loosen up on screen but she has an engaging manner.’
      • ‘‘Come on, George, loosen up,’ he wrote, ‘swing man… be grateful, stop complaining.’’
      • ‘I had loosened up a bit too and started chatting a lot more freely to more of the other guys.’
      • ‘If people do agree to be interviewed, they usually do so in a co-operative way and loosen up after initial anxiety about the microphone.’
      relax, become relaxed, unwind, ease off, ease up, become less rigid
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