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 loosen up
      v 1: cause to become unblocked; "The medicine unstuffed my nose
           in minutes!" [syn: unstuff] [ant: stuff]
      2: become less tense, less formal, or less restrained, and
         assume a friendlier manner; "our new colleague relaxed
         when he saw that we were a friendly group" [syn: relax]
      3: make one's body limber or suppler by stretching, as if to
         prepare for strenuous physical activity [syn: limber up,
          warm up]
      4: become less tense, rest, or take one's ease; "He relaxed in
         the hot tub"; "Let's all relax after a hard day's work"
         [syn: relax, unbend, unwind, decompress, slow
         down] [ant: tense]
      5: cause to feel relaxed; "A hot bath always relaxes me" [syn:
         relax, unstrain, unlax, unwind, make relaxed]
         [ant: tense, tense]