free (someone or oneself) from (someone or something)

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free (someone or oneself) from (someone or something)

To loose or release someone or oneself from something. Good luck freeing yourself from student loan debt. Oh boy, one of the kids must have freed the dog from her cage. Can you believe that girl was able to free herself from her kidnapper?
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

free someone or something from someone or something

to release or unburden someone or something from someone or something. We freed the raccoon from the trap. Max tried to free himself from the police officer. The dog tried to free itself from the dogcatcher.
See also: free
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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"Never, sir," said Raoul, "as long as I possess the happiness of having you for a protector, shall I deem I have the right of freeing myself from a guardianship so valuable to me.
Republican Senator Jeff Flake, the junior senator from Arizona, announced on the Senate floor October 24 that he would not be seeking reelection: "I have decided that I will be better able to represent the people of Arizona and to better serve my country and my conscience by freeing myself from the political considerations that consume far too much bandwidth and would cause me to compromise far too many principles.
"I have to say since freeing myself from a brilliant but brutal man, I'm now totally cannabis, cocaine, and drug free."
"I have to say, since freeing myself from a brilliant but brutal man, I'm now totally drug-free." The allegations of drug-taking emerged at the start of the trial of Italian sisters Elisabetta and Francesca Grillo, who used to work as personal assistants to Lawson and Stchi.
On Freeing Myself from a Full Nelson Hold and Other Sonnets
Rhys, from Bartley, near Southampton, said: "One moment I was jabbing the ski poles into the snow and freeing myself from the wrist loops, the next I was wrenched backwards off my feet and falling.
I've spent a long time familiarizing myself with this process, getting inside it, in order to find my own way of freeing myself from it.
Rhys said, One moment I was jabbing the ski poles into the snow and freeing myself from the wrist loops, the next I was wrenched backwards off my feet and falling.