Usage examples for loosen

  1. In fitting the brass to the box care must be taken to leave it a rather tighter fit to the box than it requires to be when finished, that is after the bore has been made, because in the boring operation the sides of the brass are apt to close and loosen the fit of the brass to the box. – Modern Machine-Shop Practice, Volumes I and II by Joshua Rose
  2. You are bound to me by no tie, and even if you were I should loosen or break it. – Pepita Ximenez by Juan Valera
  3. While twisting her arm he had been compelled to loosen his grasp of the other slightly, and she again wrenched herself free and darted toward the door leading to the porch. – The Coming of the Law by Charles Alden Seltzer
  4. The scholar began to loosen the earth under the tree, and search among the roots, until at last he found a glass bottle in a little hollow. – Household Tales by Brothers Grimm by Grimm Brothers
  5. At least he could loosen the buttons of the patent pincers. – Lonesome Town by Ethel and James Dorrance
  6. I wish Mr. McVickar would loosen up a little more with me! – The Honorable Senator Sage-Brush by Francis Lynde
  7. Her husband would never consent to her living away from him: she was become necessary to his tyranny; he would never willingly loosen his grasp on her. – Scenes of Clerical Life by George Eliot
  8. Everybody broke out with another shout- all but Todd, who had not made the slightest response to the Doctor's invitation to loosen his legs and his lungs. – The Other Fellow by F. Hopkinson Smith
  9. Perhaps a few days in the pits will loosen your tongues! – The Return of Tharn by Howard Carleton Browne
  10. Then a man, with a heavy mallet in his hand, approached the row of casks and began to loosen the bungs. – Concerning Sally by William John Hopkins
  11. I'll be much obliged if you'll loosen me." – Tom Swift and his Electric Runabout or, The Speediest Car on the Road by Victor Appleton
  12. They could loosen clothes, vainly offer restoratives to the smitten mouth: that was all. – The Old Wives' Tale by Arnold Bennett
  13. " You do it well," says I. He allows the off corner of his mouth to loosen up again, and for a second his deep- set brown eyes steady down as he gives me the once- over. – Torchy, Private Sec. by Sewell Ford
  14. Madame put her hand to her throat for a moment as though to loosen her necklace. – A Maker of History by E. Phillips Oppenheim
  15. Loosen the rope a little, Sebastiani: I don't want our friend to be hurt... – The Crystal Stopper by Maurice LeBlanc
  16. I'll loosen my grip enough for you to whisper, and no more. – Cleek: the Man of the Forty Faces by Thomas W. Hanshew
  17. As the open tent was obviously empty, they went to the second, whereof Jeekie began to loosen the lashings of the flap. – The Yellow God An Idol of Africa by H. Rider Haggard
  18. But, working with care, he managed to loosen and draw inward without noise one of the round panes. – Foes by Mary Johnston
  19. That day the snow did not lie; and for a week it did not come again; then with a whirl it seized the land, and for two days and nights did not loosen its grip. – Jeremy by Hugh Walpole
  20. Frantically, she managed to loosen the gag. – The Exploits of Elaine by Arthur B. Reeve