British Slang For Relax (10 Examples)

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Relaxing is an act of self-care to keep our minds and our bodies healthy. Have you ever wondered what different words the Brits use as opposed to relaxing? They have the first-rate and funniest slang for everything, so we listed 10 British slang for the word “relax”.

British Slang For Relax (In Alphabetical Order)

Be at ease

  • Meaning:
  • (Verb) The phrase “be at ease” is a broadly-used British slang meaning you feel assured, and you can communicate to others without feeling concerned or worrying. You’re making someone feel relaxed when you put them at rest.
  • Example: Be at ease and stop fidgeting.


Chill out

  • Meaning:
  • (Verb) Chill out means going out of your way to be entirely comfy, or no longer be troubled with something. This popular British slang is used worldwide and has been used in famous lines and lyrics over time.
  • Example: Let’s chill out at the docks after work.


Hang about

  • Meaning:
  • (Verb) The phrase “hang about” means to move somewhere without a particular aim. Inside the UK, it is British slang for “loosen up” or “relax” because when you loosen up, you don’t do something. It’s also a famous phrase in different places in the UK.
  • Example: We were just hanging about at the beach when we saw a huge wave.


Hang loose

  • Meaning:
  • (Verb) When you say “hang loose”, you mean to unwind or refrain from taking whatever too significantly, due to the fact it is unimportant. It’s a famous slang for relax in the UK and Australia and can be heard in movies and songs.
  • Example:  Let’s hang loose for a while waiting for the teachers to finish their assembly.



  • Meaning:
  • (Verb) “Laze”  is a commonplace British slang and is derived from the word “lazy” because whilst you loosen up or relax, you don’t do something.
  • Example: I want to laze for a few days before heading back home.


Let your hair down

  • Meaning:
  • (Verb) To let your hair down means to relax or to enjoy yourself by allowing yourself to open up and move more freely than normal. This phrase is popular in the UK and in the US.
  • Example: When you’re with me, you can let your hair down.


Lighten up

  • Meaning:
  • (Verb) Lighten up is a phrase used to tell someone to relax or Make someone or something less serious or dismal and more cheery. This British slang is a common term that is extensively utilized in different international locations all over the world.  
  • Example: The finals are over so let’s lighten up a bit!



  • Meaning:
  • (Verb) To lounge is to act lazily or in a relaxed manner. You mostly lounge around the sofa, which is why the living room is sometimes called a lounging area. This is common British slang for “relax”.
  • Example: Let’s lounge by the pool and soak up the sun.


Mellow out

  • Meaning:
  • (Verb) The phrase “mellow out” means you are perfectly relaxed and without a care in the world. This British slang is used to describe a person that was once easily angered and now is more chill and not easily affected.
  • Example: I’m glad you’ve mellowed out after that unfortunate incident.


Veg out

  • Meaning:
  • (Verb) “Veg out” is British slang for “relax” which means to be sluggish or inattentive. When we sit on the sofa for hours and don’t care about the surroundings because we are very relaxed, we are “vegging out”. The term stems from the link of vegetables or mental illness.
  • Example: I could get used to vegging out.


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