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set free (from something)

1. To liberate someone or something from imprisonment or confinement. A noun or pronoun can be used either before or after "free." The activists snuck into the lab and set free nearly 200 animals being used for biological experiments. The president set the man free from prison with an executive order.
2. To release someone or something from some obligation, control, or restriction. A noun or pronoun can be used either before or after "free." The rebellion is trying to set the country free from the tyrannical dictator. The ruling means the company is set free from its duty to recompense any customer affected by their defective product.
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set someone or something free (from something)

to release someone or something from something. The commando set the secret agent free from the prison. Who set the chickens free from their pens? At last, he set himself free from the inhibitions that held him back.
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So they called the yellow Winkies and asked them if they would help to rescue their friends, and the Winkies said that they would be delighted to do all in their power for Dorothy, who had set them free from bondage.
Peshawar High Court had set aside the sentence of 68 suspects tried by military courts and ordered to set them free.
figure By RICHARD MUNGUTI Two traffic police officers based at Makuyu Police Station who were accused of bribery have been set free on Friday.Anti-Corruption Court's Chief Magistrate Lawrence Mugambi set them free citing failure of a key witness to testify in the case.
The dancers are requesting Grande to set them free from the shackles of the alien frog in the music video.
Summary: The ordeal is over for seven Pakistani sailors and their families after Somali pirates set them free after more than 20 months in captivity.
Summary: TEHRAN (FNA)- A senior Iranian lawmaker took the Zionist regime responsible for the abduction of several Iranian engineers in the Syrian Homs city last month, and asked the Damascus government to take swift and immediate action to set them free.
"People can bring us doves so children can set them free or give us money to buy doves and give them to children," he said.
Just like Sheikh Abu Qatada, we also hope that our words will encourage you to show mercy to these men and set them free
Shy singers who cage their voices in the bathroom are being urged to set them free on Tyneside next month.
Four rats are on the run in Newsome after burglars set them free. The pet rats escaped after burglars knocked over their cage at a house in Bell Street.
As Secretary of State William Seward scornfully said the day following its issuance: "We show our sympathy with slavery by emancipating slaves where we cannot reach them, and holding them in bondage where we can set them free."
A TOURIST shelled out pounds 540 to buy a tankful of lobsters from a restaurant - and set them free.
Christian Solidarity International buys slaves at market price in order to set them free. By February, 25,000 slaves had been rescued.
It's the ballet masters who make ballets live for an audience, who inspire dancers and set them free. Suzanne Farrell is a ballet master.
Under many conditions, various researchers have concluded, such an impact would partially melt or even vaporize any escaping fragments, yet two of the three kinds of SNCs seem to have been only lightly to moderately shocked by whatever set them free.