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break loose

To physically separate from something. This phrase can be applied to both people and things. The robber had tied me to a chair, but I was able to break loose and flee the house. I had to chase my dog down the street after he broke loose during our walk. Those bricks in the yard must have broken loose from the chimney.
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break loose

(from someone) Go to break away (from someone).
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break loose

Escape from restraint, as in The boat broke loose from its moorings, or He finally broke loose from the school of abstract expressionism. This expression also appears in all hell breaks loose, which indicates a state of fury or chaos, as in When Dad finds out you broke his watch, all hell will break loose, or When the children saw the dead pigeon in the hall, all hell broke loose. [Early 1400s]
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All hell did not break loose over Elian in reverse - neither on the editorial pages of The New York Times nor among the send-Elian-back mob.
In ``Dirty Pictures,'' you'll likely keep waiting for Woods to break loose even once the credits have rolled.
But for the few whose clots break loose and travel to the lungs, the outcome can be deadly.
The 2000 campaign also focuses on mitigating non-structural hazards such as securing tall furniture, water heaters, appliances, mirrors, office equipment and other items that could break loose and cause injury.
I think if they don't do something quickly, all hell is going to break loose.
Additionally, the 2000 campaign focuses on mitigating non-structural hazards such as securing tall furniture, water heaters, appliances, mirrors, office equipment, and other articles that could break loose and cause injury.
It reportedly will cost Sanders millions of dollars to break loose from the Lions, who have him contractually in their clutches through 2002.
The Clippers broke the seal on their seventh game Saturday, hoping all heck might break loose.