let loose

idiom
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of let loose

1 : to allow (someone or something) to move or go freely
  • He let the dogs loose in the courtyard.
  • cattle let loose to graze on the green fields
often used figuratively
  • a director who's willing to let her actors loose to interpret their roles however they see fit
  • how to stop the violence that has been let loose on the city
2 : to produce (something, such as a cry) in a sudden and forceful way
  • The crowd let loose an enormous groan when the pass was intercepted.
  • She let loose (with) a scream.

Word by Word Definitions

let play
  1. : hinder, prevent

  1. : something that impedes : obstruction

  2. : a shot or point in racket games that does not count and must be replayed

  1. : to cause to : make

  2. : to offer or grant for rent or lease

  3. : to assign especially after bids

  1. : small one

  2. : article worn on

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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