break free

break free

1. To escape from physical restraints, or to detach or separate something from an obstacle or restraint. In this usage, a noun can be used between "break" and "free." The robber had tied me to a chair, but I was able to break free and run to safety. It took me an hour to break the fishing line free from the tangle of wires.
2. To move away or separate from someone or something. I'm starting to break free from the religious tradition I was raised in.
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break something free (from something)

to force something to detach from something; to get something out of the hold of something else. I broke the gun free from her grasp. Someone broke the light fixture free from its mounting.
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break free

(from someone) Go to break away (from someone).
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All that was noticeable was the little wilful tendrils of her curly hair that would always break free about her neck and temples.
If only she could rescue him in some manner, help him to break free from this bondage.
I am sorry, too, that with all the energy and resolution in protesting--which she has already shown once--she has little self-reliance, little, so to say, independence, so as to break free from certain prejudices and certain foolish ideas.
Despite this, the dog was able to break free and attacked the woman, who was trying to break up the animals.
com)-- John Williams, best-selling author of Screw Work Let's Play announces the publication of Screw Work Break Free to enable anyone to launch a money-making idea in 30 days.
Tasmanian Labor has been gifted a great opportunity to break free from the curse of the Greens and distance themselves from their former Green partners in crime, with whom they schemed to destroy Tasmanias forestry industry.
The so-called Break Free 2016 is a 12-day protest event seeking to call attention to climate change and demanding a transition to clean energy, according to the organization's website.
This newly revised and expanded edition of Ready to Heal provides an opportunity for women to break free from painful addictive relationships once and for all.
For two girls trapped and desperately in love, only strength, courage, and trust in each other will help them break free and claim their future.
The prison security called for backup and soon central security forces surrounded the prison in fear that armed tribes might help the prisoners break free as happened in previous attempts.
Unable to break free, it may die from exhaustion or the inability to feed.
Rather than the traditional romantic first dance, tracks such as You're The One For Me, Fatty by Morrissey and I Want To Break Free by Queen are among the favourites.
The television personality, taking part in Let's Dance For Comic Relief, took inspiration from the video for I Want To Break Free, in which the Queen frontman wore a tight pink top and black miniskirt.
DRAGON'SDenstarDuncan Bannatyne has re-made the Queen video of I Want to Break Free for National No Smoking Day tomorrow.
DRAGONS' Den star Duncan Bannatyne has remade the Queen video IWant to Break Free to kick start this year's National No Smoking Day.