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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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While all hell was breaking loose over Aer Lingus pulling the Heathrow plug on Shannon last summer, the Green Party minister was chilling out on a beach.
POLICE are on the look out for a missing owl which escaped from a garden after breaking loose from its leash.
is providing a portable intercom/communications kit that guarantees crews and unit command can be understood when all hell is breaking loose.
Leinart was missing, Bush wasn't breaking loose, and penalties were killing the Trojans.
A blood clot that causes ischemic stroke forms elsewhere in the body before breaking loose and traveling to the proximal cerebral artery.
Beyond the physical destruction to infrastructure, hurricanes and even heavy rains can wreak havoc on wastewater treatment systems by damaging the biomass, breaking loose solids and grit from the pipes, and washing out beneficial biology that is important for effective treatment," says Daniel Williamson, CEO of In-Pipe Technology.
All hell was breaking loose,'' recalled Roush, now 79, of Woodland Hills, who has chronicled his World War II exploits in ``Open Fire,'' a 680-page book he published himself.
Cancer cells breaking loose from the original tumor can travel to other sites in the body and multiply into satellite tumors called metastases.
The targeting agent must be specific enough to attach only to diseased tissue, and the bond between the agent and the isotope must be strong enough to prevent the isotope from breaking loose and affecting healthy tissue.
In the 82nd minute, the 6-foot-4 senior chased a long ball down through midfield, breaking loose at the top of the penalty box for a one-on-one opportunity against CSUN goalkeeper Joe Barton.
They gave us a real-life situation where all heck is breaking loose.
Breaking loose on the curve, the pipes smashed the van and tore up the Monte Carlo, which caught fire.