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slang To steal something (from someone or some place). I made sure to liberate some office equipment as I left the building for the last time. I heard he liberated a 1976 Corvette Stingray from the guy's mansion.

liberate from

1. slang To release someone or something from someone's or some group's control. The military managed to liberate all 108 hostages from the compound. You think you're coming into our country liberating us from an oppressor, but you are just an oppressor with a different face.
2. slang To steal something from someone or some place. A noun or pronoun is used between "liberate" and "from." I made sure to liberate some equipment from the company as I left the building for the last time. I heard he liberated a 1976 Corvette Stingray from the guy's mansion.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

liberate someone or something from someone or something

to free someone or something from someone or something; to set someone or something free from the control of someone or something. The police hoped to liberate the child from his kidnappers. We liberated the town from the enemy. I liberated the cat from the trap.
See also: liberate
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.


tv. to steal something. (Originally military.) We liberated a few reams of paper and a box of pens.
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The UN official also lauded the UAE's humanitarian initiatives in Yemen, which reflect its keenness to support and protect Yemenis, in line with the UN's plans to provide the residents of the country's liberated areas with decent lives, especially those affected by mines and improvised explosive devices (IEDs).
On her own Twitter page Friday, she first admitted that she was scared because of the label 'liberated.' 'But i checked it out what it really means and yes, i am free from social conventions and traditional ideas.'
"Are the lands liberated by Hizbullah, Lebanese or Iranian territories?" Naboulsi asked.
Army liberated the Nazi concentration camps of Buchenwald in Germany and Mauthausen-Gusen in Austria.
The gaffe has infuriated British veterans, who liberated three camps including Belsen.
The operating system software that manipulates data storage has similarly been liberated from the tightly coupled, monolithic, do-it-all platforms of old, and is now at work within the network itself.
Meanwhile, Dworkin gave an admiring blurb to Wendy Shalit's 1999 tract d Return to Modesty, which portrayed modern young women as grievously wronged by feminism and sexually liberated men.
Another factor is just as important: Luther is now liberated not only from the static doctrinal ties of orthodox Lutheranism but also from most state-church authoritarian governing and monopolized interpretation.
Though exact numbers are unknown, she legendarily liberated some 59 to 70 fugitive slaves, including her parents and other family members, during the turbulent 1850s.
The might of the American army, supported by Prime Minister Blair with his new model army, has liberated Iraq and the Iraqi people.
As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others." (Marianne Williamson, A Return To Love; HarperCollins, 1992)
Concluding that the map is 'at once empirically rooted and imaginatively liberated and liberating', he makes the case for the map as a prosthetic extension of the human body, highlighting the significance of digital mapping technologies not as new, but as the continuation of an important thread of architectural discourse.
Her first discovery, Palestinian life and culture, led to a second discovery as she was liberated from stereotypes about Palestinian men.
The finished product is designed to be more than 99.9 percent free of liberated steel and fiber.