break loose


: to suddenly become loose : to suddenly stop being attached to something
One of the shutters broke loose during the storm.
: 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.

Examples of break loose in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web As the shot clock trickled down on Denver’s opening possession, Murray tried to dance around Edwards but couldn’t break loose. Ryan McFadden, The Denver Post, 4 May 2024 In the clip, gator tried to break loose multiple times. Christopher Brito, CBS News, 23 Apr. 2024 The 26 barges are far from the first the first to break loose on the Ohio River. USA TODAY, 16 Apr. 2024 Mira Costa was unable to break loose Victor Loiola, with Kelly paying close attention to him. Eric Sondheimer, Los Angeles Times, 23 Mar. 2024 Sometimes metal chips will break loose in the box, threatening the aircraft’s ability to keep flying. Laura Strickler, NBC News, 27 Feb. 2024 When a third skier starts down the slope, huge slabs of snow break loose and begin sliding down the mountain beside him, the video shows. Don Sweeney, Sacramento Bee, 20 Feb. 2024 Amid signs of that Pacific warm current starting to build anew, climatologists looked ahead to next year as the time when all hell might break loose. Bill McKibben, The New Yorker, 12 Dec. 2023 His and other counterculture families moved to Last Chance to break loose from American society and live communally amid the redwoods and meadows. Marc Wortman, Rolling Stone, 25 Dec. 2023

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“Break loose.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 May. 2024.

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