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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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He drew Proserpina's attention to the rich veins of gold that were to be seen among the rocks, and pointed to several places where one stroke of a pickaxe would loosen a bushel of diamonds.
It took but a moment to loosen this and raise the cover, when, to my utter astonishment, I discovered an ordinary telegraph instrument clicking away within.
For an hour or more the prisoner was left to his own devices, which consisted in vain and unremitting attempts to loosen the strands which fettered his wrists, and then he was interrupted by the appearance of the black sergeant Usanga, who entered his hut and approached him.
As the animal plunged hither and thither in great leaps he dragged the boy with him, but all his mighty efforts were unavailing to loosen the grip upon mane and withers.
My hands once free, it was a matter of minutes to loosen my legs and to take the gag out of my mouth.
for we must cover many a league ere we can venture to light fire or to loosen girth.
But it is ever the way of John Barleycorn to loosen the tongue and babble the secret thought.
And the women and children, from above, shall loosen the great rocks and hurl them down upon them.
She motioned to Blanche to loosen Anne's dress, and then--kneeling on one knee--took Anne to support her while it was being done.
By th aid, however, of a second person throwing his lazo so as t catch both hind legs, it is quickly managed: for the animal as long as its hind legs are kept outstretched, is quite helpless, and the first man can with his hands loosen his laz from the horns, and then quietly mount his horse; but th moment the second man, by backing ever so little, relaxe the strain, the lazo slips off the legs of the struggling beast which then rises free, shakes himself, and vainly rushes a his antagonist
He made a long stay in the dining-room after dinner, and, I fear, took an unusual quantity of wine, but not enough to loosen his tongue: for when he came in and found me quietly occupied with my book, too busy to lift my head on his entrance, he merely murmured an expression of suppressed disapprobation, and, shutting the door with a bang, went and stretched himself at full length on the sofa, and composed himself to sleep.
But before ever she reached the bole, Toog had succeeded, by violent shaking of the branch, to loosen Gazan's hold.