tear oneself loose/free

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Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of tear oneself loose/free

: to pull oneself away from someone or something
  • The police officer grabbed him, but he managed to tear himself loose/free.

Word by Word Definitions

tear play
  1. : to separate parts of or pull apart by force : rend

  2. : to wound by or as if by pulling apart by force : lacerate

  3. : to divide or disrupt by the pull of contrary forces

  1. : damage from being torn (see 1tear)

  2. : the act of tearing something

  3. : a hurried and violent rush : a tearing pace

  1. : a drop of clear saline fluid secreted by the lacrimal gland and diffused between the eye and eyelids to moisten the parts and facilitate their motion

  2. : a secretion of profuse tears that overflow the eyelids and dampen the face

  3. : an act of weeping or grieving

  1. : to fill with tears (see 3tear) : shed tears

oneself play
  1. : a person's self : one's own self

  2. : one's normal, healthy, or sane condition or self

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

free play
  1. : not costing or charging anything

  2. : having the legal and political rights of a citizen

  3. : enjoying civil and political liberty

  1. : in a free manner

  2. : without charge

  3. : with the wind more than six points from dead ahead

  1. : to cause to be free

  2. : to relieve or rid of what restrains, confines, restricts, or embarrasses

  3. : disentangle, clear


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