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unleash someone or something against someone or something

to turn someone or something loose against someone or something. The army unleashed a horrible attack against the enemy. Max unleashed his bullies against the helpless merchants.
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unleash someone or something (up)on someone or something

to turn someone or something loose on someone or something. (Upon is formal and less commonly used than on.) The air force unleashed a bombing attack upon the enemy. The mob chief unleashed his tough guys on Lefty.
See also: on, unleash
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Unleashing oil reserves is apparently intended to help temporarily bring down oil prices, they said.
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Glaring example is Aasiya Andrabi and her associate Fahmeeda Sofi who are languishing in Jammu jail in pathetic condition, he said, adding that the puppet regime led by Mehbooba Mufti had surpassed every tyrant and oppressor in unleashing tyranny in occupied Kashmir.
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In fact, public relations in today's business environment is as much science as it is art--and its contribution can be measured." So writes Mark Weiner in his forthcoming book from IABC, Unleashing the Power of PR (Jossey-Bass, June 2006).
Warthogs loiter above battlefields for long periods, unleashing up to 16,000lbs of missiles, bombs, bullets and 10 Mavericks on each sortie.