let loose

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v let loose express audibly; utter sounds (not necessarily words) "She let out a big heavy sigh","He uttered strange sounds that nobody could understand"
    • v let loose turn loose or free from restraint "let loose mines","Loose terrible plagues upon humanity"
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Let loose to set at liberty
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Quotations

  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
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    “Beware when the great God lets loose a thinker on this planet.”
  • Source Unknown
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    “It is with a word as with an arrow -- once let it loose and it does not return.”

Etymology

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.

Usage

In literature:

The infernal people here let loose at him from both banks without staying to ask questions.
"Lord Jim" by Joseph Conrad
Not until they saw Brinnaria move off in charge of the staff-officer did the audience let loose their pent-up feelings.
"The Unwilling Vestal" by Edward Lucas White
He had only to let loose his natural gift for talking scandalously about his fellow creatures.
"Victory" by Joseph Conrad
On June 24, 1916, at 9:40 in the morning our guns opened up, and hell was let loose.
"Over The Top" by Arthur Guy Empey
Having received his orders, the spy let loose the sheep, and followed it at a distance.
"Filipino Popular Tales" by Dean S. Fansler
Then a frantic gabbling let loose; everybody wanted to talk.
"Cæsar or Nothing" by Pío Baroja Baroja
They rushed all over the house like demons let loose, and they even stole some of our things.
"The Czar's Spy" by William Le Queux
Further, it seemed to be true that even if a madman let loose the dogs of war, then it would be all over in a fortnight.
"What Germany Thinks" by Thomas F. A. Smith
Hence the passions would be let loose, and a state of perpetual enmity would follow.
"The History of the Rise, Progress and Accomplishment of the" by Thomas Clarkson
It was a shame to leave the poor thing tied up, and they insisted that he be let loose.
"The Girl Aviators' Motor Butterfly" by Margaret Burnham
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In poetry:

God send me tears!
Loose the fierce band that binds my tired brain,
Give me the melting heart of other years,
And let me weep again!
"Lagrimas" by John Hay
Oh, the winds are out to-night,
Riders of the storm let loose:
Listen to the singing reeds
Put to an unwonted use.
'Tis a night for Pan and Zeus.
"April 8th, 1901" by Ethel Clifford
Still let thy tears, thy groans, thy sighs,
O'erflow my eyes, and heave my breast,
Till loose from flesh and earth I rise,
And ever in thy bosom rest.
"Hymn XXIII: Extended on a Cursed Tree" by Charles Wesley
Let loose thy giving, father, on thy child;
I pray thee, father, give me everything;
Give me the joy that makes the children wild;
Give throat and heart an old new song to sing.
"At My Window After Sunset" by George MacDonald
"Before me shone a glorious world--
Fresh as a banner bright, unfurled To music suddenly:
I looked upon those hills and plains,
And seemed as if let loose from chains,
To live at liberty.
"Ruth" by William Wordsworth
Nay . . . pause and let me name thee! For I see,
O with what flooding ecstasy of light,
Strange hour that wilt not loose thy hold on me,
Thou’rt not day’s latest, but the first of night!
"Moonrise Over Tyringham" by Edith Wharton

In news:

Let glaze harden then serve, or cover loosely until ready to serve.
Columnist John Caldwell lets loose some CE pet peeves.
Trevin Hunte was handed "Walking on Sunshine, by Katrina and the Waves to sing by Cee Lo and was coached by Pat to have fun and "let loose".
About $80,000 went to cleaning up the several feet of mud let loose by the leak.
A women-only shooting league is helping local ladies let loose while learning how to defend themselves.
Singer LeAnn Rimes lets loose in a candid interview before her weekend concerts at LVH, plus, more coverage of the 2012 Miss Universe Pageant.
What happens when you let a dinosaur loose in town.
Sharp Dressed Monkey Lets Loose in an Ikea Parking Lot.
"I think the fans have been rooting for Lauren to let loose a bit and open herself up to the possibility of another relationship," actress Virginia Williams tells THR of her character's step forward.
The boys of The City like to let loose in different ways.
Let it all hang down with a middle part complete with loosely curled ends.
Transfer the hens to a platter, and let them rest, loosely covered with foil, for 10 minutes.
I maintained my seseo, thank God, but I may let loose an " ¿Os vais ahora".
Let Ty Lawson loose, he's gotta be a leader.
While tweeting back and forth with some of his followers, Lethal let loose with a number of barbs against his former mates.
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In science:

Let λ1 be the unique invariant measure on packings by t such that all tiles are fully loose linked, are as close as possible to each other, and the packing has hexagonal symmetry.
A Solidification Phenomenon in Random Packings
Let δ > 0 be such that the area of the Voronoi cell in the fully densely loose-linked packing equals 1 + εPer1 + δ , where Per1 is the perimeter of the hexagon of a single tile.
A Solidification Phenomenon in Random Packings
Let P be a packing drawn from µ(d) ; we aim to show that the probability that the origin is connected by a loose-linked chain of tiles of P to some point at distance R approaches zero as R → ∞.
A Solidification Phenomenon in Random Packings
Let β denote the “wiggle room” of a tile t loose linked to a stationary tile t′ , that is, the 3-dimensional volume of the space of positions of t; then β = O(ρ3 ) (but we use only that β is bounded by a constant).
A Solidification Phenomenon in Random Packings
Theorem 1.1 (Loosely stated) Let G p be a random graph on vertex set [n] where each potential edge ij , 1 ≤ i ≤ j ≤ n appears with probability p(i, j ).
Concentration of the adjacency matrix and of the Laplacian in random graphs with independent edges
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