Definition of cut someone/something loose (or free) in English:

cut someone/something loose (or free)


  • Free someone or something from something which holds or restricts them.

    ‘he'd cut loose the horses’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Half of the men crept ahead, cut the horses loose, and threw snowballs to spook them toward the others.’
    • ‘Once the team gets a few miles up the trail, the ballast sled is cut loose.’
    • ‘A team of divers arrived early Tuesday morning and was able to cut the boat free.’
    • ‘When this happens, universities can be cut loose from regulation and allowed to teach what they wish and to charge students what they wish.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Poetry is a drama in which objects are cut loose from their moorings and sent flying to make their own connections.’
    • ‘It was not until 1919 that Swindon was cut loose from Cricklade to become an independent constituency.’
    • ‘The female driver managed to get out before emergency services arrived and fire crews cut one man free.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Alain cut the horse loose from the reins with his sword.’
    • ‘These extraordinary photos show a humpback whale 'celebrating' after another female was cut free from stray ropes attached to old lobster pots.’