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To escape or extricate oneself from the constraints of someone, something, or some situation with or as with a great deal of force. A reflexive pronoun can be used between "tear" and "loose." He tore loose from his attacker's grip and managed to wrestle the gun out of the criminal's hands. I managed to tear myself loose from the boring conversation and went to go find someone I knew.
tear loose (from someone or something)
to manage to break away from someone or something. The quarterback tore loose and took twenty yards for a first down. Barlowe tore loose from Bill and made for the door.
tear yourself/something ˈloose (from somebody/something),
tear ˈlooseescape from somebody/something by using great force; become separated from somebody/something in this way: He put his arms round my neck but I tore myself loose and ran for help. ♢ As he held onto the bushes, he felt them tear loose from the rock.
tear loose (from someone/something)(tɛr...)
in. to manage to break away from someone or something. The quarterback tore loose and ran twenty yards for a first down.