cast loose


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cast loose

Let go, freed, or lost. Likened to a ship that drifts without an anchor or moorings to a dock. When I arrived in the country, I found myself cast loose in a city I didn't know, among people whose language I couldn't speak. With my inheritance money, I was cast loose to pursue whatever life I fancied.
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cast loose

Also, cast adrift. Let go, freed, as in After Rob was suspended from boarding school, he was cast loose with nowhere to go, or Selling her home meant she was cast adrift with no financial ties or responsibilities. Originally a nautical term for releasing a vessel, this idiom was being used figuratively by the late 1500s.
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References in classic literature ?
The sight of a powerful party of traders, trappers, hunters, and voyageurs, well armed and equipped, furnished at all points, in high health and spirits, and banqueting lustily on the green margin of the river, was a spectacle equally stimulating to these veteran backwoodsmen with the glorious array of a campaigning army to an old soldier; but when they learned the grand scope and extent of the enterprise in hand, it was irresistible; homes and families and all the charms of green Kentucky vanished from their thoughts; they cast loose their canoes to drift down the stream, and joyfully enlisted in the band of adventurers.
Winkle were unfortunate foundlings, deprived of their natural rights, cast loose upon the world, and billeted nowhere.
He faced his fleet in line abreast south, had the drachenflieger manned and held ready to cast loose, and ordered a general ascent into the freezing clearness above the wet and darkness.
Sam, sliding silently down the surface of the rock, let himself quietly into his skiff, cast loose the fastening, and abandoned himself to the rapid current, which in that place runs like a mill stream, and soon swept him off from the neighborhood.
He had such a neckcloth on (puffing his very eyes out of their natural shape), and his chin and even his ears so sunk into it, that it seemed as though be must inevitably double up if it were cast loose.
The stars add up to more than 100 billion Suns' worth of mass adrift in the cluster's intergalactic spaces, cast loose by galaxy collisions and tidal interactions.
An essential element of this project are also accompanying measures in the form of contributions to public transport and wage contributions to 10 new jobs created and cast loose the 10 jobs that will be drawn on the payroll contribution.
The bravado of the ladies - led by perfectly cast Loose Woman Lynda Bellingham - to go "nude and not naked" adds even more hilarity when seeing them strip, some bashfully and others unashamedly, before your eyes.
The bravado of the ladies, led by perfectly cast Loose Woman Lynda Bellingham, to go "nude and not naked" adds even more hilarity when seeing it happen before your eyes.
The chief exec then did a U-turn, saying Ryanair would compensate those customers it had tried to cast loose.