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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 ?
The Ass, seeing this, broke loose from his halter and commenced prancing about in imitation of the Lapdog.
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.
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.
She said: "I heard someone shouting and a dog barking then all hell broke loose.
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.
When I hit page 31 my jaw dropped, I started muttering incoherently, and all hell broke loose on the home front.
The Manuelgate scandal descended into Fawlty Towers-style farce yesterday as all hell broke loose.
USA Trainer Don Rice died early on Sunday morning as a result of head injuries sustained after a horse broke loose at his farm.
A wrecking ball smashed more than a dozen cars after it broke loose from a crane cable and raced down a hill in Pennsylvania.