tear loose

tear loose

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.
See also: loose, tear
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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.
See also: loose, tear
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

tear yourself/something ˈloose (from somebody/something)


tear ˈloose

escape 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.
See also: loose, something, tear
Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017

tear loose

See also: loose, tear

tear loose (from someone/something)

in. to manage to break away from someone or something. The quarterback tore loose and ran twenty yards for a first down.
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.
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