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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Why not take a number of banths and set them loose before us above ground?
I am just waiting for the day when I can set them loose in my home.
Sometimes, you have to hand the kids their balloons and cupcakes and set them loose.
We did the pumpkins, stocked up on treats and we set them loose on the streets
Scatter pennies around the floor and set them loose crawling around for pennies.
The viewer meets more female temptresses; this time though, some of them exude a sense of liberation, as if someone has just set them loose rather than objectified them and pinned them down to a frame.
Yet to hear some of the bombast coming from the Capitol, you might have thought that congressional negotiators had agreed to arm detainees and set them loose in the heartland.
She had a reputation for being tyrannical with her trainers, and one such, Walter Nightingale, was said to be so exasperated he demanded she move her horses within 24 hours, or he would set them loose in Epsom.
Astonishingly, Lord Malcolm set them loose knowing that a third accomplice, Morris Petch, was already on the run after breaching his bail.
A total of 205 teams were dropped off in Cirencester where Heart fm Drivetime presenter Dave Clarke and ITV's Jo Malin set them loose on the public.
They want to take two people, one in their 20s and the other over 60, and set them loose together across Britain with filming taking place in April.
We train them to be Level 3 drivers [the highest classification in GM, and one that makes them capable of driving at Germany's famed Nurburgring race track] and set them loose on a whole car very early in their career.
The package - the first in Europe - gives hunters the opportunity to take eagles out to Scottish mountains and set them loose to kill wild animals.
I went up to the top of a mountain with Dion to set them loose and by the time we had driven back down to his house, they were all there waiting for us.
Thus, when I read about new animal control chief Jerry Greenwalt's unbalanced plan to ``escalate'' the fight against coyotes, I decided to balance this brainless plan with my own: I will trap the overabundance of domestic cats, set them loose in the wild, and let nature take its course.