let (someone or something) loose

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let (someone or something) loose

To make free or give up control of something or someone; to release or discharge something or someone, as from confinement. Due to a lack of evidence, the suspects were let loose by police. Samantha was suspended for letting mice loose throughout the school.
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let one loose

To pass gas through one's anus; to fart. It smells like someone let one loose in the elevator when I walked in. Gross! Don't go letting one loose at the dinner table like that, Tom!
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let loose

(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.
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let somebody/something ˈloose


1 free somebody/something from whatever holds them/it in place: She let her hair loose and it fell around her shoulders.Who let the dogs loose?
2 give somebody complete freedom to do what they want in a place or situation: He was at last let loose in the kitchen.A team of professionals were let loose on the project.
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Helen showed us how an image is transferred from sketchbook to silk screen before letting us loose printing gift tags, notebooks and paper bags using one of her own popular bee designs.
He made manoeuvring the boat look very simple and made sure that we were competent - controlling the boat, performing U-turns and mooring up - before letting us loose on our own.
Once we're at the top, our instructors hand us our harnesses and give us a safety briefing before letting us loose.
Surely they weren't letting us loose on live animals?
Letting us loose on this tricky track was the ideal way for Lotus and Vauxhall engineers to demonstrate exactly how the introduction of turbo power has changed the roadster.
Rob gave us tips for creating prolooking posters using cans of paint and stencils ('on guard' stance, short bursts) before letting us loose on a selection of ready-made cut-outs, including a replica of Banksy's Girl With Balloon (PS12.50 pp).