break loose


  • WordNet 3.6
    • v break loose be unleashed; emerge with violence or noise "His anger exploded"
    • v break loose run away from confinement "The convicted murderer escaped from a high security prison"
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Break loose to extricate one's self forcibly: to break through all restraint
    • Break loose to escape from confinement
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  • Herman Melville
    “Hope is the struggle of the soul, breaking loose from what is perishable, and attesting her eternity.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. leás, loose; from the same root as loose (v.t.) and lose, seen also in Goth. laus, Ger. los; more prob. due to Ice. lauss.


In literature:

He struggled to break loose from them.
"The Old Man of the Mountain, The Lovecharm and Pietro of Abano" by Ludwig Tieck
The border excitement was about to break loose in deadly earnest, but that was more than any of them knew at that time.
"Uncle Sam's Boys as Lieutenants" by H. Irving Hancock
I had trouble to break loose.
"A Cousin's Conspiracy" by Horatio Alger
Or the trouble may break out sudden in a herd, if th' germ gets loose in 'em.
"The Boy Ranchers in Camp" by Willard F. Baker
He had allowed wild thoughts to chase each other in his heart, and a fierce tornado to break loose.
"Fairy Tales of Hans Christian Andersen" by Hans Christian Andersen
Who are the boys that you think are trying to break loose?
"Baseball Joe Around the World" by Lester Chadwick
He struggled to break loose, and saw Steve trying to say something, only no words were coming.
"Starman's Quest" by Robert Silverberg
He'll go off in a fit of apoplexy or paralytic seizure when his passion breaks loose some day.
"Lorimer of the Northwest" by Harold Bindloss
Once the Indians were loose it was like the breaking of a tidal wave on a low shore.
"The Watchers of the Plains" by Ridgewell Cullum
Far from that, within the Middle Age itself, over and over again, the reason strove to break loose from its fetters.
"The Great Events by Famous Historians, Volume 07" by Various

In poetry:

Let loose the tempest!
Atmospheres, break!
You prophets, arise!
Spirits, awake!
"The City" by Eberhard Arnold
And under windy mountain wall,
Where breaks the torrent loose,
I fancy I can hear the call
Of grand old Robert Bruce.
"Heath from the Highlands" by Henry Kendall
Groping round, I cannot find the shoes
For the tears that well up with my sighs.
My impatient tresses, breaking loose,
Like a pall hang thick before my eyes.
"Mary Magdalene II" by Boris Pasternak
I feared that the cup might fall, so I flung it from me;
I feared that the bird might fly, so I set it free;
I feared that the dam might break, so I loosed the river:
May its waters cover me.
"Shards" by Aline Murray Kilmer
Now Valour, Youth, and Life's delight break forth
In flames of wondrous deed, and thought sublime—-
Lightly to mould new worlds or lightly loose
Words that shall shake and shape all after-time!
"A Pageant of Elizabeth" by Rudyard Kipling
While the coach, with its four frightened horses,
went sailing
Downhill to perdition and Carabost “break,” Four galloping devils, with reins loosely trailing,
And passengers falling all roads in their wake.
"How Polly Paid For Her Keep" by Barcroft Henry Boake

In news:

Just when college football looks like everything is in order, the games are played and all kinds of crazy break loose.
Politics As All Hell Breaks Loose, Blackburn Insists GOP Convention to be 'Optimistic' Event.
Luckily, in 2009 the federal government phased out phosphates, harsh chemicals that help break down minerals and loose food bits during the wash cycle, because their presence in waste water causes algae blooms in downstream waterways.
All Health's Breaking Loose: 'Tis the Season to be Jolly.
It's an old story, but all hell is breaking loose in the Middle East.
Late spawners are building nests which break loose a lot of the eggs from the early spawners.
Handling was secure and predictable when trying to break the car loose in that lot, but more importantly, it was even more stable on an ice- and snow-covered dirt road with gullies beckoning on either side.
Humans, you see, have only so much self-discipline, and then all hell breaks loose.
The Zips tried to minimize Archer's influence in the kicking game, and he didn't break loose in that aspect.
One caught, one loose after car break- ins .
People who suffer from venous thromboembolism are inclined to develop blood clots in their legs , which can be dangerous and even fatal if they break loose and travel to the heart, brain or lungs.
When Joe doesn't kill the future Joe, all hell breaks loose, as happens in films like this.
One caught, one loose after car break-ins.
But it took the absence of one press release for all hell to break loose.
Source on VCU, Mason possibly leaving CAA: "I just get a sense that all hell is about ready to break loose".

In science:

The charge con finement at E J < EC can be expressed in terms of the macroscopic Coulomb blockade that impedes the free motion of the Cooper pairs and breaks loose the global phase coherence of the condensate, according to the uncertainty principle, and, thus, gives rise to the superinsulating state of the JJA .
Superinsulator-Superconductor Duality in Two Dimensions
Baryon production can be incorporated in the same basic picture , by allowing string breaks to occur also by the production of pairs of so-called diquarks, loosely bound states of two quarks in an overall ¯3 representation (e.g., red + blue = antigreen).
QCD for Collider Physics
Baryon production can be incorporated in the same basic picture [126], by allowing string breaks to occur also by the production of pairs of so-called diquarks, loosely bound states of two quarks in an overall ¯3 representation (e.g., red + blue = antigreen).
Introduction to QCD
We will speak loosely of all of this as the “soft breaking” lagrangian.
Supersymmetry Phenomenology With a Broad Brush