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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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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 the girl broke free and ran to her mother 's workplace.
The victim, who comes from Cradley Heath, broke free and ran to some members of the public who raised the alarm.
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.
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.
A Hispanic man tried to force a nine-year-old boy into his car, but he broke free and ran home.
Agis's giant inflatable broke free from its moorings, killing two women and injuring 27 people.
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.
A CIRCUS boss whose trailer broke free and killed two women has escaped a possible jail term again.
But Austin Shanks (20 carries, 151 yards) broke free on a 65-yard touchdown run with 10 minutes left to give the Celts some breathing room.
TWO high-rise window cleaners cheated death when their scaffold broke free 12 storeys up.