break loose from

break loose from (someone or something)

1. Literally, to escape from physical restraints imposed by someone or something else. It was quite a struggle, but I finally broke loose from the handcuffs and ran for help. Now that she can walk, my daughter tries to break loose from me anytime I pick her up.
2. By extension, to become independent of the influences of someone or something else. I moved to Europe as a means of breaking loose from my controlling parents. Now that she has substantial private funding, the acclaimed director has broken loose from the mainstream film industry.
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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.
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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.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

break/cut/tear (something) ˈloose from somebody/something

separate 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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