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break loose

To physically separate from something. This phrase can be applied to both people and things. The robber had tied me to a chair, but I was able to break loose and flee the house. I had to chase my dog down the street after he broke loose during our walk. Those bricks in the yard must have broken loose from the chimney.
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break loose

(from someone) Go to break away (from someone).
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break loose

Escape from restraint, as in The boat broke loose from its moorings, or He finally broke loose from the school of abstract expressionism. This expression also appears in all hell breaks loose, which indicates a state of fury or chaos, as in When Dad finds out you broke his watch, all hell will break loose, or When the children saw the dead pigeon in the hall, all hell broke loose. [Early 1400s]
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The AAIB, in a bulletin on the incident, concluded that the exploding tyre caused the water deflector to break loose and 'flung it against the underside of the wing, causing the fuel tank puncture.
All it needs is one of them to make the first move and all hell will break loose.
Icebergs are large chunks of ice that break loose from glaciers (rivers of ice).
Pretty soon, the wheel's wobbling and can break loose.
TOUGH TO PREDICT Because scientists are just beginning to understand the varied and complicated phenomena that produce the weak layers of snow that can cause avalanches, there are few models that can help predict when the snowslides may break loose.
Additionally, whiskers can potentially break loose and, as debris, cause mechanical or other electrical problems.
While the wheel is off use a wire brush to break loose sand from studs.