break/cut/tear loose from somebody/something
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break loose from (something)
To physically separate from something. This phrase can be applied to both people and things. I had to chase my dog down the street after he broke loose from the leash during our walk. Those bricks in the yard must have broken loose from the chimney.
cut (someone or something) loose from (something)
1. To free or remove someone or something from something, often by literally cutting. A noun or pronoun can be used between "cut" and "loose." Luckily, the rescue crew was able to cut the girl loose from her wrecked car and save her life. When the hook got caught, we had to cut it loose from the net.
2. To remove someone from a group or organization of some kind. We had to cut Greg loose from the study group—he just wasn't doing the work. We've had to cut a few people loose from the staff this year to reduce costs.
tear loose from (someone or something)
To physically separate, often forcefully, from someone or something to which one was strongly attached. This phrase can be applied to both people and things. A noun or pronoun can be used between "tear" and "loose." I had to chase my dog down the street after he tore loose from the leash during our walk. Those bricks in the yard must have torn loose from the chimney.
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break something loose from something
to loosen a part of something; to loosen and remove a part of something. The mechanic broke the strap loose from the tailpipe. The bracket was broken loose from the wall.
cut someone or something loose from something
to sever the connection between people or things, in any combination. Wally cut the child loose from the tree where his playmates had tied him up. I cut the cord loose from the anchor by mistake.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
break/cut/tear (something) ˈloose from somebody/somethingseparate yourself or somebody/something from a group of people or their influence, etc: The organization broke loose from its sponsors. ♢ He cut himself loose from his family.
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