cut (someone or something) loose

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cut (someone or something) loose

1. To end a personal or professional relationship with someone, often abruptly. A: "Wait, they fired you?" B: "Yes! They just cut me loose with no explanation!" If he keeps calling me at all hours of the night, I'm going to have to cut him loose, I mean it!
2. To free or remove someone or something from something, often by literally cutting. Luckily, the rescue crew was able to cut the girl loose from her wrecked car and save her life. When the hook got caught on the net, we had to cut it loose.
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cut loose

1. To behave in a relaxed or uninhibited manner. Come on, we're on vacation—it's time to cut loose!
2. To leave a particular place or area. The robbers cut loose when they heard the approaching sirens.
3. To leave or separate from someone or something. We need to cut loose from that guy before his scandalous behavior becomes public knowledge. Come on, you're 18 now—it's time to cut loose and go to college.
4. To relinquish or release something. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "cut" and "loose." That technology is so outdated now that we should really cut it loose.
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cut loose

(with something) Go to let go (with something).
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cut loose

1. Speak or act without restraint, as in He cut loose with a string of curses. [Early 1800s]
2. Leave, clear out, as in Let's cut loose right now. [Slang; 1960s]
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cut loose

INFORMAL
1. If someone cuts loose, they start to behave in excited or uncontrolled way. This is the guy who cut loose live on breakfast radio during an outdoor concert at a Brisbane university.
2. If you cut loose, you spend time relaxing and enjoying yourself. We got through to lunch and in the afternoon were able to cut loose.
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cut someone/something loose

COMMON If you cut a person or organization loose, you get rid of them, especially by no longer employing them or controlling them. The company is about to be cut loose from the state on which it has so long depended. He could not believe that the firm he has served for so long would cut him loose. Note: You can also say that a person or an organization cuts loose if they become free from the influence or authority of other people. He's cut loose from this business except, possibly, where James is concerned.
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cut loose

1 distance yourself from a person, group, or system by which you are unduly influenced or on which you are over-dependent. 2 begin to act without restraint. informal
1 1993 Isidore Okpewho Tides When the time comes that I feel my friends are not sufficiently behind me in what I'm trying to do, I'm going to cut loose from them.
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cut loose

in. to let go; to become independent; to grow up and leave home. It was hard to cut loose from home.
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cut loose

To speak or act without restraint: cut loose with a string of curses.
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That will cut them loose in the bottom three but give The Saints every chance of surviving.
They have to cut off and reach zero thrust at exactly identical rates, the center core has to cut them loose at exactly the same second, and they have to fall away safely as the center core throttles.
As I've said before, cut them loose and go it alone.
Do we make concessions or do we cut them loose? For the German leader Angela Merkel, who is wedded to the whole idea of a strong eurozone with Berlin at the centre, it is a big decision.
But when a worker isn't up to it, a manager should be able to cut them loose.
If someone has been dragging you down, it may be time to cut them loose. Go it alone.
One immediate consequence of the election of Shori was the request to Canterbury by seven "traditionalist" Episcopalian dioceses to cut them loose from the American church and provide them with alternative oversight.
Financier Antony Mitchell's rented yacht got its anchors twisted and had to cut them loose and sail to a harbor down the coast.
"The locomotives were chained down to the deck but if the storms were too rough we'd have to cut them loose, otherwise they would break up and the heavy machinery would fly about."
The authoritarian church has cut them loose and is cultivating select ethnic groups for its new cornerstone.
Otherwise the city will cut them loose. That is harsh and unfair, but that is the changed climate under which we currently live.
Identify existing employees who can take charge of some portion of the workload, then cut them loose. You'll be surprised how well people perform when you show a little confidence in them.
He cut them loose to freefall and parachute back to earth at Ross-on- Wye, Herefordshire.