Definition of cut loose in US English:

cut loose

phrase

  • 1Distance oneself from a person, group, or system by which one is unduly influenced or on which one is overdependent.

    ‘they cut loose from from the factory and started their own’
    • ‘Now that I've finally cut loose from the City to pursue my own path I've got the time to reflect on what it might mean to be a progressive in 2003.’
    • ‘They need to be cut loose from the apron strings of their unions for their own good, for the good of their unions, and above all for the good of the workers who will follow them into the union ranks.’
    • ‘The disturbing thing nowadays is that resistance as spectacle has cut loose from its origins in genuine civil disobedience and is becoming more symbolic than real.’
    • ‘I feel cut loose from causality, as if there has been no start to what I am doing right now and no definite end.’
    • ‘But no other team looks poised to run away with the title, unlike last season when Hartlepool and Rushden raced clear, and the campaign before when Plymouth and Luton cut loose from the chasing pack.’
    • ‘Suddenly cut loose from their benefactor Suharto, the security forces are as disoriented and insecure as many of their countrymen.’
    • ‘By the time Thanksgiving arrives one has embraced the university lifestyle and decides to cut loose from the other.’
    • ‘In the attic, he sits on the floor, leaning into the blue light from his laptop and reads the first chapter out loud, a magical, surreal, poetic story, crammed with detail and cut loose from traditional boring fiction.’
    • ‘With contemporary credit systems cut loose from both traditional inherent constraints and central bank controls, the analytical focus changes.’
    • ‘The only way we shall break its hold on us is to be transferred to another dominion, to be cut loose from our old certainties, to be thrust under the flood and then pulled forth fresh and new-born.’
    1. 1.1 Act without restraint.
      ‘consumers want to cut loose and have secret bacchanals’
      • ‘Then there are those who're cutting loose and having a lot of fun.’
      • ‘Carreras really cut loose in this repertoire; Heppner is more restrained, and that's valid too, albeit not as exciting.’
      • ‘But major travel, that's cutting loose, letting go of all which is familiar and severing links with those fragile concepts of self, personal history, attachments and stability.’
      • ‘Your writer had a great time, attempting to show suitable restraint at lunch but then cutting loose a bit more at dinner.’
      • ‘You would need a pretty good excuse too justify a night in - it's first night of Orientation and you should be cutting loose.’