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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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References in classic literature ?
My hold had been broken loose, I was under water, and the thought passed through my mind that this was the terrible thing of which I had heard, the being swept in the trough of the sea.
As to Henry C-, the next in age and wisdom of our band, he had broken loose from the unyielding rigidity of his family, solidly rooted, if I remember rightly, in a well-to-do London suburb.
All the innate richness and color and charm of her nature seemed to have broken loose and overflowed in crimson cheek and glowing eye and grace of motion.
Queequeg, said I, let's go; this fellow has broken loose from somewhere; he's talking about something and somebody we don't know.
The sound was terrible, and struck Hutchinson with the same sort of dread as if an enraged wild beast had broken loose and were roaring for its prey.
Fortunately the earthquake had not involved that portion where they had left their mules, but most of the frightened animals had broken loose, and it was some little time before they could all be caught.
Having driven along the trodden village street, darkened here and there by fresh manure, past the yard where the clothes hung out and where the white shirt had broken loose and was now attached only by one frozen sleeve, they again came within sound of the weird moan of the willows, and again emerged on the open fields.
30pm to assist the two people on board the vessel, which was suffering damage to its decking after an anchor appeared to have broken loose and had jammed on the seabed.
PARAMEDICS used lassoes to chase pigs that had broken loose after a truck transporting them was involved in an accident on the M6, near the turn for Rugby yesterday.
A wire had broken loose and jammed in a valve, preventing him from shutting it down.
It would all have broken loose, but Ryan pardoned them.
A senior army officer said: "All hell has broken loose over this one.
In the case of General Eisenhower's 1952 election, "the returns indicated that one of the staunchest Democratic constituencies [Catholics] had broken loose from its moorings" (120).
We've already broken loose from the stranglehold of the two-party duopoly, and the sooner other progressives join us, the better.
The mood at the time was best captured by Newsweek's cover story: "On December 26 a movie called THE EXORCIST opened in theatres across the country and since then all Hell has broken loose.