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.

Examples of on the loose in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web So far, three of the zebras have been recaptured, but one remains on the loose. Will Sullivan, Smithsonian Magazine, 1 May 2024 Whispers of the return of Tumblr-era mid 2010s skinny jeans and rumors of early aughts low-rise have been on the loose for the past few seasons. Kristen Bateman, Vogue, 5 Apr. 2024 Four gunshot victims lay dead in the garage, and the shooter was on the loose. Sebastian Rotella, ProPublica, 14 Mar. 2024 The subject was Flaco, a Eurasian eagle-owl, and his year on the loose in Manhattan. Ed Shanahan, New York Times, 22 Feb. 2024 The suspect then fled the subway and remains on the loose. Stephen Sorace, Fox News, 29 Feb. 2024 The video depicts an idiot on the loose with a gun. Francis Wilkinson, The Mercury News, 27 Feb. 2024 Multiple homicide:Shooting at Arlington, Texas apartment leaves 3 people dead, gunman on the loose Alabama executes killer with nitrogen gas in controversial first-of-its-kind method Historic church collapses in New London, Connecticut. Eric Lagatta, USA TODAY, 26 Jan. 2024 Campion has a knack for unsettling timing and imagery while, with a killer on the loose, Ryan has to contend with possibly being stalked and gore that needs to be seen to be believed. Eric Farwell, EW.com, 27 Oct. 2023

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“On the loose.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/on%20the%20loose. Accessed 23 May. 2024.

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