break loose

idiom
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of break loose

1 :to suddenly become loose :to suddenly stop being attached to something
  • One of the shutters broke loose during the storm.
2 :to get away from someone or something by using force or effort
  • The prisoner broke loose and ran away.
often + from
  • The prisoner broke loose from the guards.
  • She wants to break loose from the constraints of her middle-class life.

Word by Word Definitions

break play
  1. : to separate into parts with suddenness or violence

  2. : fracture

  3. to fracture a bone of (a bodily part)

  1. : an act or action of breaking

  2. : the opening shot in a game of pool or billiards

  3. : a gap or opening caused or appearing as if caused by damage : a condition produced by or as if by breaking : gap

loose play
  1. : not rigidly fastened or securely attached

  2. : having worked partly free from attachments

  3. : having relative freedom of movement

  1. : to let loose (see 1loose) : release

  2. : to free from restraint

  3. : to make loose : untie

  1. : in a loose manner (see 1loose) : loosely


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