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loosen

(lo͞o′sən)
v. loos·ened, loos·ening, loos·ens
v.tr.
1. To make looser or less tight: loosened his tie; loosened her grip on the rope.
2. To free (the bowels) from constipation.
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- Went to the wreck, and with the crow made way into the body of the wreck, and felt several casks, and loosened them with the crow, but could not break them up.
- Every day, to this day, I worked on the wreck; and with hard labour I loosened some things so much with the crow, that the first flowing tide several casks floated out, and two of the seamen's chests; but the wind blowing from the shore, nothing came to land that day but pieces of timber, and a hogshead, which had some Brazil pork in it; but the salt water and the sand had spoiled it.
A wind, loosened from wild places far away, steals out to blow over dewy, star-lit, immemorial hills.
APRA, the prudential regulator in Australia, is planning to loosen requirements that banks use to assess borrowers' ability to service loans.
BSP Governor Benjamin Diokno recently said there is room to loosen monetary policy, but stressed that the timing and magnitude of any actions would be "data dependent." Diokno also said possible quarterly cuts in required reserves imposed on banks may happen this year,pointing out that the Philippines' reserve requirement ratio "is very high.
At the same time, she said, the government should loosen the strict policy on the use of calamity funds to allow local governments to swiftly release financial aid to affected farmers.
The company is recalling the vehicle because the drive shaft securing bolts may loosen at the automatic transmission flange.
"The biggest challenge was pulling all the money together," said project manager Abbie Loosen of Project for Pride in Living.
What can I do to loosen the soil without affecting its acidity?
He conducted an experiment and found that preloaded fasteners loosen as a result of rotation as soon as relative motion occurs between the mating threads and between the bearing surfaces of the fastener and the clamped material.
MULTAN -- Punjab agriculture department urged upon farmers to cultivate 'Loosen' (Fodder) as once it is cultivated, it continued to grow for five to seven years automatically.