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
References in classic literature ?
Yet every now and then one would come straight towards me, setting loose a quivering horror that made me quick to elude him.
In its ruling, the appellate court cited the RTC ruling that struck down Celdran's appeal, saying "the right to free speech does not guarantee an unbridled license to say whatever one may wish to" and that "each individual should be circumspect in setting loose every word that flows from his/ her mouth.
Benefits include the transfer and / or setting loose objects or movable guard, either inside a building or even from building to building, irrespective of community buildings seen on the set of properties Baties community located on the territory of the Urban Community of Bordeaux (see Annex to this CCTP non-exhaustive list of buildings of the Urban Community of Bordeaux)
For instance, an enemy encampment could be as easily cleared from atop a nearby hill with a sniper rifle, or by setting loose wild animals caged in the camp.
For instance, an enemy encampment could be as easily cleared from atop a nearby hill with a sniper rifle, by setting loose wild animals, or even by hang gliding above the outpost before nose diving down for an all-guns-blazing action hero assault.
On Thursday about 200 farmers clashed with the police outside the palace gates after setting loose a number of animals.
For those concerned about the state of leadership in America, and who wonder where the next generation of leaders will come from, I can tell you it's not likely to emerge from the millions of high school dropouts we're setting loose in the land.
Each of these parties--or, their computer accounts--represents an opportunity for outsiders to break into the network, usurping computing power, accessing confidential records, or setting loose a damaging virus.
The angels sing not because of what has been accomplished for their own sakes; they rejoice and others do too,because of the freedom, theliberation, the setting loose of our full potential,all due to the child born this day.
Now they are setting loose one of the most highly anticipated British records of this century.
Just what's the harm in setting loose young women in the Alaskan wild to find lovers and husbands while recording their amorous adventures?
the problem can best be tackled by each nation setting loose, non-binding targets, without an international enforcement mechanism.