set (someone or something) loose

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set (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 set loose by police. Samantha was suspended for setting mice loose throughout the school.
See also: loose, set
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Thousands of pigeons, their tails garnished with combustibles, had been set loose and driven toward the Victoria; and now, in their terror, they were flying high up, zigzagging the atmosphere with lines of fire.
Shall I, in cool blood, set loose upon the earth a daemon whose delight is in death and wretchedness?
If he was right, here was our quiet English house suddenly invaded by a devilish Indian Diamond--bringing after it a conspiracy of living rogues, set loose on us by the vengeance of a dead man.
There were mishaps and discomforts--but at least there was always something new; and only think what it meant to a man who for years had been penned up in one place, seeing nothing but one dreary prospect of shanties and factories, to be suddenly set loose beneath the open sky, to behold new landscapes, new places, and new people every hour
A chance phrase that he had heard at the theatre, a whispered sneer that had reached his ears one night as he waited at the stage-door, had set loose a train of horrible thoughts.
But one of the survivors, a trainee ski instructor, told how one of his skis set loose a growing wall of snow that crashed down on the group below.
The rat was brought in deliberately and set loose by people trying to damage the reputation of McDonald's.
UN observers have been targeted and head-hunters set loose.
Our winner will also be set loose in Gyle's other major store, Marks & Spencer, with pounds 250 worth of vouchers to spend.
The comedy adventure is set in a world of monsters into which a child is accidentally set loose.
The animals that are targeted are usually set loose in territory they don't know and in circumstances where they can be quickly brought to bay.
In a raid on a pub in nearby Athy, Co Kildare, a guard dog was shot when it was set loose on two raiders.
They may have entered the United States through the pet trade and were either set loose or escaped from their owners.
I basically said, listen, if we have not been able to identify it, why don't we set loose the public to see if they can put on their Sherlock Holmes' hats and help us to track down who this elusive and mysterious justice is?
So what exactly would happen if a gene drive were set loose in the wild?