loose1 [ lus ] adjective **
▸ 1 not firmly fixed
▸ 2 not grouped together
▸ 3 not tight
▸ 4 not exact/detailed
▸ 5 not carefully organized
▸ 6 about waste from body
▸ 7 ball: not controlled
▸ 8 careless in speaking
▸ 9 sexually immoral
1. ) not firmly fixed in position:
loose floorboards
a loose tooth
work/come loose (=become loose): One of the screws had worked loose.
a ) if your hair is loose, it is not tied in position:
Her hair was loose and hung on her shoulders.
b ) not forming a firm mass:
loose soil/stones
c ) if a person or animal is loose, they can move around easily because they are not tied to anything, not held by anyone, or not kept inside something:
A large dog was loose in the yard.
break/shake/get loose (from someone/something) (=become free): The woman managed to break loose from her attacker and run for help.
turn/set/let someone loose (=allow someone to be free): The kidnappers had set him loose on a dark country lane.
2. ) not kept together as part of a group or in a container:
Loose oranges are 59 cents each.
3. ) loose clothes are large and do not fit your body tightly:
a loose cotton shirt
a ) if something such as a rope or knot is loose, it is not pulled tight
b ) not tightly woven or KNITTED
─ opposite TIGHT
4. ) not exactly accurate in every detail:
This is a loose translation of the letter.
5. ) not strictly organized or official:
a system in which political parties form a loose alliance
We've got a loose arrangement for looking after each other's children.
6. ) if the solid waste from your body is loose, it has too much liquid in it
7. ) a loose ball is not being controlled by any of the players in a game
8. ) OLD-FASHIONED careless about what you say or who you say it to:
loose talk: You've been warned about loose talk before.
a ) have a loose tongue to talk about things that you should keep secret
9. ) OLD-FASHIONED sexually immoral:
loose morals
break/cut loose
to stop being connected with something or influenced by someone or something:
a country that has cut loose from its violent past
cut loose INFORMAL
to start enjoying yourself and behaving in a relaxed uncontrolled way
let loose something
1. ) to do something in a sudden uncontrolled way:
She let loose a piercing scream.
2. ) to let something damaging develop or spread in an uncontrolled way:
A wave of violent hysteria was let loose in the capital city.
let someone loose (on something)
to let someone do what they want to do without watching or controlling them:
Don't let the children loose on the paints.
loose 2 [ lus ] noun
on the loose
if a dangerous person or animal is on the loose, they have escaped from where they were being kept
loose 3 [ lus ] verb transitive
1. ) to untie a person or animal
2. ) to make something damaging start to happen in an uncontrolled way:
The dispute has loosed a flood of political ill will.
3. ) loose or loose off MAINLY BRITISH to fire something such as a bullet, missile, or ARROW
4. ) MAINLY BRITISH to start holding someone or something less tightly: LOOSEN:
He loosed his grip suddenly and dropped the vase.
─ opposite TIGHTEN
`loose on or `loose u,pon phrasal verb transitive
loose something on/upon someone/something to suddenly let something bad or unpleasant have its full effect on someone or something in an uncontrolled way

Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.

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