hang loose



  • verb to stay relaxed, keep cool, chill out. A vogue term from the late 1950s and early 1960s when it characterised the nonchalant state of detachment aspired to by beatniks, jazz musicians, etc. The phrase (still heard occasionally) is often an exhortation to a friend on parting. It probably originates in the use of ‘loose’ to describe a free, unstructured style or mood (although some have interpreted it as referring to the male genitals in an unencumbered position).