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.

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“Break loose.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Feb. 2023.

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