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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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It says a lot about the current sick state of the US when it would be safer to have a rapper who sang "Hell Breaks Loose" in the White House than a lunatic billionaire who might actually do just that if he gets to the Oval Office.
However, this is not the big concern, the major issue is will the pump come on and pull enough vacuum before the work piece breaks loose. The routing process puts lateral stress on the work piece.
One minute people are just going to the shops then the next thing, all hell breaks loose."
"It's a strange atmosphere within the BJP, in which if anyone says anything against Modiji, or in praise of anyone else, then all hell breaks loose. There is no freedom of speech.
Summary: Cruise liner Carnival Triumph breaks loose from a dock in Alabama.
With enough stress, the cable breaks loose from the THOR 111, and the RF connector pulls apart from the cable.
But as soon as a white man utters it, then all hell breaks loose.
Survival expert Cody Lundin's new book When All Hell Breaks Loose aims to solve that problem by providing common-sense tips that everyone should know in order to mitigate the impact of a disaster.
"You will be walking along one day when all hell breaks loose. If you are still alive you have been in combat." So true!
This material degrades over time, breaks loose with thermal cycling and the drag of polymer flow, and can make lots of black specks.
The threat of all-out war between America, Europe, and the Middle East casts a spectral shadow; Commander Samuel (Jim) Bowie and the crew of the USS Towers, plus a handful of navy destroyers, must work fast to end the crisis before all hell breaks loose. Their enemy is a NATO ally trained in U.S.
"Suddenly all hell breaks loose. The bombardier, who was down under and forward of Ted's feet is gone, along with the whole front of the plane.
If a photon strikes an electron in a semiconductor with more than the threshold amount of oomph, called the material's band-gap energy, the electron breaks loose. It leaves behind a vacancy, known as a hole, in the atom's electronic structure.
When a young prince bumps his head playing ball, chaos breaks loose in the castle as everyone scrambles to find a bandage for His Royal Highness.
All hell breaks out as Ren breaks loose and soon has the whole town on its feet.