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let (something) loose
1. To do something in a sudden, fierce, and/or uncontrolled manner; to unleash something, especially that which is violent or destructive. The trapped wolf let loose a bone-chilling howl. The home team began to let loose an unwavering offensive barrage against their cross-town rivals. The owner of the ranch let his hounds loose upon the trespassers.
2. To allow something to spread, grow, or develop in a wild or uncontrolled manner, especially that which is destructive or ruinous. With news of the military junta's governmental overthrow, a wild, riotous pandemonium was let loose across the already unstable country.
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(with something) Go to let go (with something).
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let ˈloose(British English) (American English cut ˈloose) (informal) do something or happen in a way that is not controlled: Teenagers need a place to let loose.
let ˈloose somethingmake a noise or remark, especially in a loud or sudden way: She let loose a stream of abuse.
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