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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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Helmet nonuse doubles the odds of a fatality and triples the odds of a head injury--though fatalities in Michigan did not seem to increase after the law was loosened.
Below: A map of states that recently loosened local gun regulations.
In order to foster export in such conditions, at the end of 2012 the National Bank loosened up a little the monetary policy by cutting the mandatory reserve that banks need to set aside when approving loans to net exporters.
The energy of the compressed air is transferred to the ground being loosened directly while it may be considered as a material being processed by an action of a gas impulse.
The sanitary model is intended for bulk bags containing solidified bulk food and other contamination-sensitive products that cannot be loosened using pneumatically-actuated flow promotion devices integral to bulk bag dischargers.
The reason their game improves on the back nine is the simple fact they have loosened up by then.
As he lay on the floor he was kicked in the face with such force it shattered the roof of his mouth and loosened four of his teeth in the early hours of Saturday.
The kids would have loved to see if he'd loosened up enough to join them for some break dancing.
A FARMER who claimed he crashed after a neighbour loosened wheel nuts on his truck found himself in court yesterday.
Additional tests verified these results and demonstrated that the new threads, unlike the others, can be loosened and retightened multiple times with no appreciable loss of holding power.
The unit comes with a chemical-injection system for additional cleaning power and features a built-in vacuum to recover loosened debris and liquids.