turn (someone or something) loose

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turn (someone or something) loose

To release or discharge someone or something, as from confinement. Due to a lack of evidence, the suspects were turned loose by police. Samantha was suspended for turning mice loose throughout the school.
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Under the early release program, Baca expects to turn loose 2,600 inmates, reducing the jail population to 17,500.
We've teamed up with Coinstar, whose revolutionary machines turn loose change into Asda shopping vouchers, to give away the fantastic prize.
Then you have to turn loose the reins and let your people perform.
But Bush, although he has been governor for five years, still has no idea what the state needs or any desire to turn loose the money to make things better for ordinary people who could use some help.
when I do buy some I hate to turn loose the unused ones and I sure don't like to keep them in that little, tiny 1/2 pint container.
Again, ATP binding instigates a critical event--in this case, causing the empty ring to tilt in such a way that it forces the companion ring to turn loose its captive protein, the recent experiments show.
The senator blames much of the north inner city violence on publicans who, at closing time, turn loose waves of drunken and abusive youths.