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.
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When a young woman Kwok Yun in the small village of Silver Hill spots a UFO and then meets an injured American it sets loose a train of events which will affect the entire community.
Its scope, breadth, wit and yes, imagination is amazing, its geographic spread all embracing, the emotions it sets loose exciting.
Father Prieur sets loose rules for the reception of Holy Communion by contracepting parties, without Confession (p.
and] sets loose an interpretive principle that restricts tar too severely the authority of the federal government to regulate .
But when a crimelord sets loose hundreds of deadly snakes during the flight, the agent must band together with the pilot, crew and passengers in a desperate attempt to survive and protect his witness.