Definition of on the loose in English:

on the loose

phrase

  • Having escaped from confinement.

    ‘a serial killer is on the loose’
    • ‘The police detectives at the scene quickly realised there was a serial killer on the loose.’
    • ‘The horrific events of the weekend, and the realisation that a dangerous killer is on the loose, has heightened fear of crime.’
    • ‘Up to five other wild cats are believed to be on the loose in the North.’
    • ‘A prisoner who went on the run on Sunday night is still on the loose.’
    • ‘To complicate matters, an escaped killer is on the loose, having hitched a ride on the truck.’
    • ‘Police hand out safety advice and shriek alarms but call for calm in the community amid fears that a serial attacker is on the loose.’
    • ‘Her husband restrained the thief until help arrived, but he later managed to escape and is still on the loose.’
    • ‘There has been a report that a criminal who has escaped from prison is on the loose and is likely to kill again.’
    • ‘No one was interested in going to a school with a serial killer on the loose, no matter how prestigious it was.’
    • ‘The predominantly rural force has found itself thrust into the national spotlight with a brutal killer still on the loose.’
    free, at large, at liberty, escaped
    free, at liberty, at large, escaped, set loose, unconfined, unrestrained, roaming, unbound, unrestricted, untied, unchained, unshackled, unfettered
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