cast loose


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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.
See also: cast, loose
References in classic literature ?
It had been left vacant--apparently for Arthur, as a distinguished stranger: but he had turned shy, and had placed himself next to the young lady in spectacles, whose high rasping voice had already cast loose upon Society such ominous phrases as "Man is a bundle of Qualities
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.
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.