loose1 W3S3 [lu:s] adj
1¦(not firmly attached)¦
2¦(not attached)¦
3¦(not tied tightly)¦
7¦(not exact)¦
8¦(not very controlled)¦
9¦(not solid)¦
11 cut loose
12 let (something <=>) loose
13 let somebody loose on something
14 be at a loose end
15 loose ends
16 loose change
17 loose cannon
18 hang/stay loose
19¦(body waste)¦
[Date: 1100-1200; : Old Norse; Origin: lauss]
not firmly fastened in place
a loose floorboard
This tooth feels very loose.
The screw has come loose (=become loose) .
not attached to anything else
loose papers
His rear wheel spun on the loose stones .
The potatoes are sold loose (=not packed in a container) .
The driver had forgotten to fasten the safety chain and the trailer came loose (=become unattached) .
not tied or fastened very tightly
a loose knot
4.) ¦(HAIR)¦
if your hair is loose, it hangs freely rather than being tied back
Her hair fell loose around her shoulders.
5.) ¦(CLOTHES)¦
loose clothes are big and do not fit your body tightly
= ↑loose-fitting, baggy ↑baggy
≠ ↑tight
a loose sweatshirt
6.) ¦(FREE)¦
free from being controlled or held in a cage, prison, or institution
break/get loose
A 34-year old inmate broke loose from the sheriff's office yesterday.
turn/let/set sth loose
(=let something go free)
Don't let your dog loose on the beach.
7.) ¦(NOT EXACT)¦ [usually before noun]
not exact or thoroughly done
a loose translation
a loose interpretation of the law
not strictly controlled or organized
loose federation/alliance/group etc
a loose federation of political groups
loose arrangement (=an arrangement that can easily be changed)
9.) ¦(NOT SOLID)¦
not pressed tightly together in a solid mass
loose soil/earth
not under the control of either team in a game of football, ↑rugby etc
Sheringham was the first player to reach the loose ball .
11.) cut loose
a) to free yourself from someone or something, or their influence
cut yourself loose (from sth)
He cut himself loose from the constraints of family life.
b) AmE informal to start enjoying yourself in a happy noisy way after a period of controlled behaviour
I'm ready to cut loose and enjoy the weekend.
12.) let (sth <=>) loose
to speak or behave in an uncontrolled way
She let loose a string of four-letter words.
13.) let sb loose on sth
to allow someone to deal with something in the way they want to, when you think they will make mistakes or do something wrong
Whatever you do, don't let Derek loose on the garden.
14.) be at a loose end also be at loose ends AmE
to have nothing to do
I was at a loose end so I decided to go see an old movie.
15.) loose ends
parts of something that have not been completed or correctly done
We've nearly finished, but there are still a few loose ends to be tied up (=dealt with or completed) .
16.) loose change
coins that you have in your bag or pocket
17.) loose cannon
someone who cannot be trusted because they say or do things you do not want them to
18.) hang/stay loose
AmE spoken used to tell someone to stay calm, or not to worry about something
19.) ¦(BODY WASTE)¦
having a problem in which the waste from your ↑bowels has too much liquid in it
loose bowels
old-fashioned behaving in a way that is considered to be sexually immoral
a loose woman
loose morals
21.) ¦(TALK)¦
old-fashioned not careful about what you say or who is listening
There's been a bit of loose talk about it.
>loosely adv
A towel was loosely wrapped around his neck.
The film is loosely based on the novel.
>looseness n [U]
Do not confuse the adjective loose (=not tight, not firm etc) /lu:s/ with the verb lose (=no longer have something, be unable to find something etc) which has a different pronunciation /lu:z/ .
loose 2
loose2 v [T] literary
1.) to make something unpleasant begin
And now the anger Maggie had feared was loosed.
2.) to make something loose or to untie someone or something, especially an animal
3.) to fire an ↑arrow, a bullet from a gun etc
loose on/upon / [loose sth on/upon sb/sth] phr v
literary to allow something dangerous or harmful to begin to affect a situation or other people
the evils loosed upon humanity in World War II
loose 3
loose3 n
be on the loose
if a criminal or dangerous animal is on the loose, they have escaped from prison or from their cage

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