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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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The running of the horses that have broken loose; the snorting, stamping, and rearing of those which remain fast; the howling of dogs; the yelling of Indians; the scampering of white men, and red men, with their guns; the overturning of lodges, and trampling of fires by the horses; the flashes of the fires, lighting up forms of men and steeds dashing through the gloom, altogether make up one of the wildest scenes of confusion imaginable.
My hold had been broken loose, I was under water, and the thought passed through my mind that this was the terrible thing of which I had heard, the being swept in the trough of the sea.
As to Henry C-, the next in age and wisdom of our band, he had broken loose from the unyielding rigidity of his family, solidly rooted, if I remember rightly, in a well-to-do London suburb.
All the innate richness and color and charm of her nature seemed to have broken loose and overflowed in crimson cheek and glowing eye and grace of motion.
Queequeg, said I, let's go; this fellow has broken loose from somewhere; he's talking about something and somebody we don't know.
"Has the Corsican ogre broken loose?" cried a third.
The Giant roared so terribly that for a time they were afraid he had broken loose; but he hadn't.
The sound was terrible, and struck Hutchinson with the same sort of dread as if an enraged wild beast had broken loose and were roaring for its prey.
Fortunately the earthquake had not involved that portion where they had left their mules, but most of the frightened animals had broken loose, and it was some little time before they could all be caught.
Having driven along the trodden village street, darkened here and there by fresh manure, past the yard where the clothes hung out and where the white shirt had broken loose and was now attached only by one frozen sleeve, they again came within sound of the weird moan of the willows, and again emerged on the open fields.
Here a Saturnalia had broken loose. The war-songs and dances were more unrestrained, and, from abuse, the plantation blacks had turned to pelting their helpless foes with pieces of wood, handfuls of pebbles, and chunks of coral-rock.
Well, hell has not broken loose. What remains to be done is for all parties to the conflict, especially the Assad regime, to convince the world that it will not do anything that will lead to the killing of more civilians in the country.
The RNLI launched at 1.30pm to assist the two people on board the vessel, which was suffering damage to its decking after an anchor appeared to have broken loose and had jammed on the seabed.
A few hours later, watching Sky News at our hotel, my family and I learned that all hell had broken loose over a reported plot to bomb U.S.-bound airliners.
PARAMEDICS used lassoes to chase pigs that had broken loose after a truck transporting them was involved in an accident on the M6, near the turn for Rugby yesterday.