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to let oneself go  
von Crisi (CH), 2011-12-06, 12:23  like dislike  Spam?  
Habe diesen Satz ohne weiteren Kontext.

I had a quarrel and I let myself go.

? Ich hatte eine Streit und ich verlor die Beherrschung. ?

Would you go along with that?
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dict.cc: sich gehen lassen  #631159
von googelix, 2011-12-06, 12:48  like dislike  Spam?  195.93.60...
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to googelix  #631164
von Crisi (CH), 2011-12-06, 13:14  like dislike  Spam?  
I saw that, but it doesn't make much sense to me.
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dict.cc: lose one's temper  #631167
von Jim46 (US), Last modified: 2011-12-06, 13:28  like dislike  Spam?  
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WE had a quarrel and I let myself go  #631168
anonymous, 2011-12-06, 13:48  like dislike  Spam?  213.172.105....
Lisa Stansfield, All around the world
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to Jim46  #631169
von Crisi (CH), 2011-12-06, 13:51  like dislike  Spam?  
Does "I let myself go" mean the same as  "I lost my temper"?
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Ambiguity  #631170
von Catesse (AU), 2011-12-06, 13:59  like dislike  Spam?  
Crisi, 13.51: In this case, yes. It is an ambiguous expression, and the entries in dict do not seem to cover this meaning.
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von Jim46 (US), 2011-12-06, 14:42  like dislike  Spam?  
 #631173
If you let yourself go during a quarrel, you lose your temper.  I don't know what else it could mean.
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Ambiguity  #631174
von Catesse (AU), 2011-12-06, 15:05  like dislike  Spam?  
Yes, Jim, that's right - in a quarrel, when you lose your temper. (Although I would express it in a different way.)
But a common use for the expression, and I would have thought, the most common use for "to let oneself go" is, e.g.: "After her husband died, she just let herself go."
That is, for example, she stopped wearing make-up, wore shabby clothes, put on weight, etc. etc. This obviously does not apply in the example given, which is what I thought I said.
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Catesse - a difference  #631180
von Jim46 (US), 2011-12-06, 15:25  like dislike  Spam?  
In your expression, there is an unspoken ending.  In the "losing temper" expression, there is not.
she let herself go (to the dogs) (to hell) (to pieces), etc.
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it can also mean: to relax completely and to enjoy oneself thoroughly - ausgelassen genießen / feiern / sich ungehemmt ins Vergnügen stürzen   #631181
anonymous, 2011-12-06, 15:26  like dislike  Spam?  77.181.43....
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English is flexible.  #631184
von zou (US), 2011-12-06, 15:30  like dislike  Spam?  
While most people wouldn't say I let myself go in regards to losing their temper, it makes perfect sense that is what is meant in this context.
Generally it means to (a) relax completely, enjoy onesefl (b) not take care of your appearance, as noted by Catesse and anon.
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THANK YOU!  #631193
von Crisi (CH), 2011-12-06, 16:58  like dislike  Spam?  

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