break loose from (someone or something)

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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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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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.
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