One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Free someone or something from something which holds or restricts them.‘he'd cut loose the horses’
- ‘A team of divers arrived early Tuesday morning and was able to cut the boat free.’
- ‘The female driver managed to get out before emergency services arrived and fire crews cut one man free.’
- ‘Once the team gets a few miles up the trail, the ballast sled is cut loose.’
- ‘In 1978, the federal government deregulated the airline industry, cutting it loose from acres of red tape and allowing the free market to determine ticket prices, schedules and service levels.’
- ‘Half of the men crept ahead, cut the horses loose, and threw snowballs to spook them toward the others.’
- ‘It was not until 1919 that Swindon was cut loose from Cricklade to become an independent constituency.’
- ‘Alain cut the horse loose from the reins with his sword.’
- ‘A large raft of players were cut loose in that aftermath due to budget concerns and he has been busy beefing up the squad ever since.’
- ‘Rather than recover the cable, it was cut loose and left on the bottom of the ocean for the fishermen to find a few days later.’
- ‘When this happens, universities can be cut loose from regulation and allowed to teach what they wish and to charge students what they wish.’
- ‘These extraordinary photos show a humpback whale 'celebrating' after another female was cut free from stray ropes attached to old lobster pots.’
- ‘Poetry is a drama in which objects are cut loose from their moorings and sent flying to make their own connections.’
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