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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 or pronoun 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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The ropes tethering the inflatable sculpture were no longer able to hold it, and it broke free, flipping over and crashing into a CCTV pole, where it deflated.
Again she broke free and continued running through the crowded centre with the boys in pursuit.
As the ship keeled violently in the storm, an Air Force tug vehicle broke free of its lashing and careened into the side of a diesel fuel tank.
The powerful tiger strained against the flaming ropes until it finally broke free, escaping extinction, but with black marks from the burning ropes seared into his fur.
Centre Duncan Hughes broke free to score close to the post after fly-half Richard Labas had made the break, and Myler scored the first of his three tries after driving play by Worcester.
The equaliser came on 58 minutes as the menacing Benbow broke free inside the area to beat Gray with a cool finish.
ADRIFT: The fishing boat broke free from its mooring.
Agis's giant inflatable broke free from its moorings, killing two women and injuring 27 people.
A TIGER broke free from a show in Las Vegas which made me think of that old joke about the lion escaping from the zoo.
THE creator of an inflatable artwork which broke free from its moorings and flipped over, killing two people, was found guilty of breaching health and safety rules.
The 50-metre by 50-metre inflatable artwork broke free and rose into the sky in Chester-le-Street's Riverside Park, County Durham, in July 2006.
He alleged Agis knew the dangers of high winds as another of his works broke free from moorings in Germany in 1986, injuring visitors.
She was asking him to get off and eventually broke free and managed to run off.