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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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With enough stress, the cable breaks loose from the THOR 111, and the RF connector pulls apart from the cable.
But as soon as a white man utters it, then all hell breaks loose.
Survival expert Cody Lundin's new book When All Hell Breaks Loose aims to solve that problem by providing common-sense tips that everyone should know in order to mitigate the impact of a disaster.
This material degrades over time, breaks loose with thermal cycling and the drag of polymer flow, and can make lots of black specks.
The threat of all-out war between America, Europe, and the Middle East casts a spectral shadow; Commander Samuel (Jim) Bowie and the crew of the USS Towers, plus a handful of navy destroyers, must work fast to end the crisis before all hell breaks loose.
When a young prince bumps his head playing ball, chaos breaks loose in the castle as everyone scrambles to find a bandage for His Royal Highness.
When Cameron goes along with his boyfriend's plan to bring fake dates to prom, gay hell breaks loose.
When the pie war erupts between the Rhubarbarians and the Kingdom of Scone, all cream breaks loose and Sweet Petunia (a rhubarb princess) must leave her home to protect her mother-in-law, Nona.
It had a lot to do with the lyrics and the cover and everything ties together--that one moment of Zen clarity before all fucking hell breaks loose.
When ever any one of them senses power all hell breaks loose and today the evidence is all around us.
Life Projects" frames Mau's progress from book to brand as an episodic road film, a kind of Bonnie and Clyde in which the illicit, partly frigid couple information and desire breaks loose, steals a car, and sets out on the global highway doin' some good things, some OK ones, and some really bad ones, though you never stop loving 'em.
They don't mind a 40-year-old man wearing a blonde wig and a dress but as soon as a ciggie appears all hell breaks loose.
Independent member of Westport Urban Council, Martin Keane, said: "All hell breaks loose when boozed-up local troublemakers encounter the pre- marriage revellers.
All hell breaks loose again when it's discovered that, although Jurassic Park has been destroyed, the dinosaurs are alive and well on an island off the coast of Costa Rica.
PE, which occurs when a clot breaks loose (embolizes) and travels to the lungs or pulmonary artery, causes more deaths annually in the U.