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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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