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let your hair down


Choose the correct definition a, b or c.

a) to behave uninhibitedly

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Let you hair down’ means to relax and do what you want.

French translation

se laisser aller, se lâcher

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Examples in context

‘David Cameron celebrated Chelsea’s penalty shootout win over Bayern Munich with arms aloft and clenched fists. A couple of feet away stood a crestfallen German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Is this a sports fan etiquette breach ? Senior professionals do need to think about the pitfalls of watching sport with their peers, says Bryant. "You can be a bit less guarded if it’s at home but in a work situation your behaviour needs to reflect that. It’s the same as an office party – you can let your hair down but you still need a professional air".’

BBC News, 21 May 2012

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’Wearing revealing clothes on the beach or due to hot weather encouraged one in five men and 15 per cent of women to keep their weight off, because people were more self-conscious about the way they looked while on holiday. In fact, in this survey, we observed a tension between wanting to look good while on holiday and wanting to let your hair down at the same time, added Boraliu. "Of all those who said that wearing revealing clothes contributed to their weight loss, most had visited Italy or the US".’

The AGE, 20 July 2012

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Everyday usage

Let your hair down and tell me all about it. Come on, let your hair down and tell me what you really think.

b) to revive your strength

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c) to get a haircut

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