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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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References in classic literature ?
Then it descended, pandemonium broke loose, everything happened at once.
He held in for a spell, walking up and down the comb of the roof and shaking his head and muttering to himself; but his feelings got the upper hand of him, presently, and he broke loose and cussed himself black in the face.
The deluge came--all hell broke loose upon the jungle.
She took her hands suddenly from his shoulders, and pressed them both upon her side; while in her face, not like itself - and in her figure, drawn up, resolute to finish by a last effort what she had to say - the feelings long suppressed broke loose.
Pandemonium broke loose. Saxon, protected by the two big men, was near enough to the front to see much that ensued.
But when the silver rim of the sun pushed itself out, a moment or two later, the assemblage broke loose with a vast shout and came pouring down like a deluge to smother me with blessings and gratitude; and Clarence was not the last of the wash, to be sure.
And at last, sure enough, all the circus men could do, the horse broke loose, and away he went like the very nation, round and round the ring, with that sot laying down on him and hanging to his neck, with first one leg hanging most to the ground on one side, and then t'other one on t'other side, and the people just crazy.
The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) in Davao Occidental is tracking down a boat that broke loose from its anchorage in the waters off Barangay Kitayo, Jose Abad Santos as strong winds spawned by Tropical Storm Falcon battered the area on Monday.
When Ghanacelebrities.com broke the news of Miss Ghana Pageants being allegedly forced to have sex with 'big men' for sponsorship a few months ago, hell broke loose.
During the fracas, members from both Jubilee and NASA alliances jointly engaged in fist fights as hell broke loose.
She said: "I heard someone shouting and a dog barking then all hell broke loose.
WITNESSES told of the moment "all hell broke loose" as a car crashed into a shop.
Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) president Lalu Prasad had a providential escape on Friday when a moving ceiling fan placed above him broke loose and suddenly fell on him at an election rally in Bihar, causing only minor injuries.
A TIGER that broke loose after severe flooding at the Tbilisi Zoo mauled a man to death before being shot by police.
Johnson was killed instantly Tuesday when the load of steel beams he was carrying broke loose and crushed him in the cab of his truck.