on the loose


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on the loose

running around free. Look out! There is a bear on the loose from the zoo. Most kids enjoy being on the loose when they go to college.
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on the loose

1. At large, free, as in That dog of theirs is on the loose all the time. [Second half of 1800s]
2. Acting without restraint, as in After the game the players were in town, on the loose. [Mid-1700s]
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on the loose

COMMON
1. If a dangerous person or animal is on the loose, they are free because they have escaped from somewhere. The person who carried out those awful murders is still on the loose. There was a lion on the loose in the building.
2. If someone is on the loose, they are not being controlled or looked after by anyone and they are free to behave however they want. The movie is about a young boy on the loose in New York.
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on the loose

1. At large; free.
2. Acting in an uninhibited fashion.
See also: loose, on