on the loose

idiom
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of on the loose

: able to move freely : not controlled or held in a prison, cage, etc. used especially to describe a dangerous person, animal, or group
  • The prisoner escaped and is still on the loose.
  • A killer is on the loose.
  • An angry mob was on the loose.

Word by Word Definitions

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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