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I.trans. to slacken, loosen, χ. βιόν, τόξα to unstring the bow, h. Hom., Plat.: metaph., χ. τὴν ὀργήν Ar. let down, let sink, fall or droop, πτέρυγα χαλάξαις Pind.; χαλάσας τὸ μέτωπον having unbent the brow, Ar.; δίκτυα χ. N.T. let loose, loose, release, Aesch.:—absol. to let go, slacken one's hold, id=Aesch.
4.ἡνίας χ. to slack the reins, Plat.
5.κλῇθρα or κλῇδας χ. to loose the bars or bolts, i. e. undo or open the door, Soph., Eur.; also, πύλας μοχλοῖς χαλᾶτε Aesch. loosen or undo things drawn tightly together, Soph., Eur.:—Pass., πρὶν ἂν χαλασθῇ δεσμά Aesch.
II.intr. to become slack or loose, Eur.; πύλαι χαλῶσι the gates stand open, Xen.:—metaph., c. gen., to have a remission of, μανιῶν, κακῶν Aesch.; τῆς ὀργῆς Ar.
2.c. dat., χ. τινί to yield to any one, to be indulgent to him, Aesch.
3.absol. to remit, to grow slack, Plat.

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