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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After the Dangerous Animals Act 1976 banned keeping big cats rumours sprang up about people setting them loose.
com/technology/archive/2011/04/old-weird-tech-the-bat-bombs-of-world-war-ii/237267/) Project X-Ray , which involved strapping tiny bombs to bats and setting them loose on Japanese cities.
For years Megatour has been cramming these bikers into tour vans and setting them loose on the roads to mayhem.
On closer scrutiny, Nato must take the blame for, in their haste, they have displayed an insular pattern of thinking in order to achieve their goals at all costs -- they have overlooked crucial operational procedures like foolproof vetting of local Afghans before enlistment, training them in accordance with international standards and not just taking them through rudimentary processes before setting them loose on the enemy.
Putting someone in a program for 30 clays and removing, all outside contact, and then setting them loose doesn't do much for long-term recovery," says Sure Haven admissions director, Elizabeth Perry.
Spokesman George Anderson explained that the system involves capturing and radio tagging males, setting them loose and following them.
This year's Summer Games event features an irresistible story line that challenges kids by setting them loose on an exciting hunt for clues.
You can just imagine Boston Ballet's artistic director, Bruce Marks, exacting the following pledge from choreographers Danny Buraczeski, Daniel Pelzig, and Lila York before setting them loose to produce new works for the troupe's Hot & Cool program: "No Tchaikovsky, keep it upbeat, and make it sizzle
Before setting them loose to design, Knowbility trained the teams in the tools and techniques necessary for creating an accessible Web page.