tear loose from someone/something

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
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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.
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