To break loose

See under Break.

See also: Loose

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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In such cases one horse frightens another, until all are alarmed, and struggle to break loose. In camps where there are great numbers of Indians, with their horses, a night alarm of the kind is tremendous.
"Expect all hell to break loose," he cautioned me, "but don't mind it.
He had expected all hell to break loose, and here it was.
Love is his tyrant, and lives lordly in him and lawlessly, and being himself a king, leads him on, as a tyrant leads a State, to the performance of any reckless deed by which he can maintain himself and the rabble of his associates, whether those whom evil communications have brought in from without, or those whom he himself has allowed to break loose within him by reason of a similar evil nature in himself.
With her means of protection gone, Lys was now at the mercy of the hatchet-man; nor was it many hours before he had caught her at the base of the cliff and seized her; but as he bore her triumphantly aloft toward his cave, she had managed to break loose and escape him.
When the workmen found it was impossible for me to break loose, they cut all the strings that bound me; whereupon I rose up, with as melancholy a disposition as ever I had in my life.
A drop in holding force could be enough for the piece to break loose before the pump starts and regenerates enough vacuum level to hold the piece securely in place.
"The last thing we want to do is channel it in the wrong way and for all hell to break loose."
"Any downturn will cause all hell to break loose. The root cause of hunger is poverty and the cost of living is rising."
* While the wheel is off use a wire brush to break loose sand from studs.
But just when you think she's set to break loose in songs such as Lonesome Road, she drifts off centre stage and lets her backing band indulge themselves.
If this market goes south--and it might not be everywhere, but in isolated pockets--all hell is going to break loose."