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.
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Mieville takes the concepts found within Moby-Dick, shakes things up a bit, gives them a decidedly fantasy feel, then sets them loose back into his narrative world.
Molly Coxe makes mice and other animals from bits of wire, wool, and old fabric, then sets them loose to have adventures in the world.
Designed to show off ITV1's period drama credentials and blow the Beeb out of the water over the Bank Holiday weekend, this latest adaptation gathers a pretty serious cast and sets them loose on the windswept Yorkshire Moors.
He gives each - Nathaniel, age 16; Eliot, 15; and Andrew, 13 - $10 as emergency money and then sets them loose with no reason why, no direction in which to travel.
Each episode of She's Gotta Have It gives three ordinary shoppers a budget and a target outfit and sets them loose in the High Street.