set (someone or something) loose

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set (someone or something) loose

To make free or give up control of something or someone; to release or discharge something or someone, as from confinement. Due to a lack of evidence, the suspects were set loose by police. Samantha was suspended for setting mice loose throughout the school.
See also: loose, set
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Thousands of pigeons, their tails garnished with combustibles, had been set loose and driven toward the Victoria; and now, in their terror, they were flying high up, zigzagging the atmosphere with lines of fire.
There were mishaps and discomforts--but at least there was always something new; and only think what it meant to a man who for years had been penned up in one place, seeing nothing but one dreary prospect of shanties and factories, to be suddenly set loose beneath the open sky, to behold new landscapes, new places, and new people every hour
A chance phrase that he had heard at the theatre, a whispered sneer that had reached his ears one night as he waited at the stage-door, had set loose a train of horrible thoughts.
What a pity Alzheimer's cannot be dressed in an opposition football strip, a ball placed at its feet, with Nobby set loose on it.
Perhaps the monster set loose in contemporary Tokyo is a familiar, global one: angst.
PETER HORNE 6 Never set loose on the Americans and found himself under pressure from their powerful midfield.
KARACHI -- An influential landlord on Saturday set loose his dogs on a man after he failed to pay fine that imposed on him by a village council at Sangu in Dharki.
I WAS the one set loose in the gym, climbing wall and on the splash pool slides - well used to the fact from previous 'have a go's' that it would probably make me, yet again, the subject of some less than dignified but comic photos.
The TV host had to defend claims of fakery when he did the same last year - and set loose two crocodiles on the Pacific outpost.
Set 8 Sets / Set Loose Double Open End Spanners Slim Jaws And Long Oval Shank I .
Washington, Shawwal 22, 1435, Aug 18, 2014, SPA -- Two International Space Station astronauts conducted a spacewalk Monday to set loose a tiny Peruvian research satellite, install fresh science experiments, and retrieve old ones.
After its official reveal via Ubisoft, it seems that another untimely leak for "Far Cry 4" was set loose before being taken back by the publisher.
The craft is designed to be set loose from a mothership called WhiteKnightTwo and then fire up its hybrid rocket engine to push upward to the edge of outer space, more than 62 miles (100 kilometers) up.
The only question is when Alastair Cook will set loose his bowling attack for the 10 wickets to wrap up a second Test win.
What's so special about Esperance is that there was enough water not only for reactions that produced clay minerals, but also enough to flush out ions set loose by those reactions, so that Opportunity can clearly see the alteration," Scott McLennan of the State University of New York, Stony Brook, a long-term planner for Opportunity's science team, said.