Meaning of LOOSE in English

LOOSE

I. adjective

COLLOCATIONS FROM OTHER ENTRIES

a loose alliance (= not strong )

A loose alliance of opposition groups formed in 1990.

a loose connection ( also a tenuous connection formal ) (= one that is not strong, close, or obvious )

There seemed to be only a loose connection between the questions and the answers.

a loose cough (= one that produces liquid )

loose dirt (= that you can brush off easily )

Keep your pack clean by brushing off any loose dirt after use.

loose morals (= low standards of sexual behaviour – often used humorously )

a young woman of loose morals

loose

She tied the belt in a loose knot around her waist.

loose

I had a loose tooth.

soft/loose curls (= gentle curves )

long brown hair in soft curls

turned loose

There are some criminals who cannot be turned loose onto the streets.

work (its way) loose

One of the screws must have worked loose.

COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS

■ ADVERB

too

Both Hayman's suggestions were too loose and half-baked for a man of his devious cunning to consider seriously for a moment.

Some feel that the school structure is too loose , allowing children too much freedom when choosing learning tasks.

Her view of the West is that society's bonds are too loose there.

The beds on Disturbed are all out of tune, too taut or too loose .

So you must be relaxed to enable you to groove, but not so relaxed as to be too loose .

They hung strangely, too loose , yet too short as well.

They are usually coupled with pain but that correlation is too loose for reliability.

However, inflation broke rank in the mid-1980s, when monetary policy was allowed to become too loose .

very

The least sociable auk, breeding in very loose colonies, in crevices of cliffs and rocks.

The colonial bonds between its constituents are very loose .

M39 is very loose , but sufficiently condensed to make it obvious, particularly in view of the characteristic pattern of its leading stars.

These distinctions are necessarily very loose and easily blurred when actual diagnosis is attempted.

They have even been mistaken for a very loose cluster, though in fact they are not really associated with each other.

The very loose cluster C 399 can be found by using Alpha and Beta Sagittæ as pointers.

However, both arguments are spurious, for there is a very loose connection between tense and time.

It doesn't have to be a close fit, initially you want a very loose fitting so there's a draught.

■ NOUN

alliance

The Empire, a loose alliance of city-states and provinces owing allegiance to its Emperor, and the kingdom of Bretonnia.

Some are loose alliances that use new technology to spread ideas and mobilise supporters.

ball

The great satisfaction was that the aspects we concentrated on in training - defence and winning loose ball - worked out well.

But Abdur-Rahim missed an off-balance shot and Jelani McCoy grabbed the loose ball .

He went down on a loose ball and my boot landed on him.

He lost the ball when he hit the turf but recovered the loose ball.

Henderson scooped up the loose ball to score.

The South-West's late try came when Clough was sent a hospital pass and Fallon booted the loose ball over the line.

Three minutes later Sharp was denied by Chamberlain, but Milligan seized on the loose ball to score.

box

Reminding himself that there was nothing to fear he set off, past the loose boxes with their heaps of shabby treasure.

To his left was a long, shadowy, cobbled passage running beside what looked like barred loose boxes .

The crammed loose boxes to his right seemed more menacing, as though the ugliest objects had been banished to this unvisited dungeon.

The mule shook its head at Granny Weatherwax when they arrived at its loose box .

The men slept ten to a box on stone floors and all companies were allotted loose boxes.

William Springett also built a coach-house for two carriages and loose boxes under a crowning pediment.

cannon

Of course the Palace can't afford to leave her as a loose cannon .

change

Last night his hourly wage, about £8 in loose change was nicked from under his nose by scavenging ragamuffins.

I fished around in my handbag, coming up with some loose change .

A sharp eyed youngster should have no difficulty in spotting the loose change , that so often litter such areas.

Arnold bought the club out of loose change .

She would bring her loose change to Rachaela for translation into fifty-pence pieces and pounds.

Bunny felt in his pocket, fiddling for loose change .

Carry some loose change to make emergency public telephone calls.

Pockets were emptied of loose change , parcels scanned as if for a malignant tumour and handbags rifled for evidence of evil intent.

earth

Max leaned forward and gathered up a handful of loose earth and scattered it on the coffin.

Walker Evans records a roughly piled grave of loose earth topped with the impermanent and unstable memorial of a dinner plate.

Panic-stricken, he clutched at the loose earth at the sides of the pit and pulled himself to an upright position.

end

They are all currently at a loose end , and loose ends are so easily snipped off.

He was also at loose ends emotionally.

There were still loose ends in her working week so her sister Sarah took it upon herself to tie them up.

Rhoda had died a year or two ago, and we had heard that Ralph was at loose ends .

One's best friend's cousin's daughter might well be at a loose end after leaving art college.

He could not tell whether they were broken ends , or perhaps the loose ends from underwater knots that had come undone.

Joey Bonanza doesn't like loose ends .

The loose end was not splintered and cracked, but neatly finished.

federation

A new constitution was adopted transforming a loose federation of affiliated organisations into a centralised national political party.

They were something else, a loose federation of animals and plants united into an emergent superorganism exhibiting distinctive behavior.

The Labour Party was ceasing to be a loose federation of political and industrial groups.

This was a proposal for a loose federation of locally based groups.

fit

In my own travels, I found a loose fit between learning that occurred at the workplace and in schools.

group

Most other firms are also members of a looser group of some sort.

interpretation

Car, she thought, was a loose interpretation .

Here the somewhat looser interpretation of unity was used. with stress on the humanity side and moral choices.

soil

The animal was attracted by the smell of the explosive and pawed at loose soil beneath a tree.

Magnolias fare best in acidic, loose soil .

The solid rocks have been weathered to form loose soil .

Struggling out much later from the weight of corpses, crawling out of the loose soil .

You should never wash roots before storing, but always gently rub off any loose soil .

Remove any heavy loose soil by scraping.

Use bulb-fibre, peat or a loose soil mixed with compost.

stone

Boldly he kicked loose stones off the ledges and heard them clatter into the silence below.

Then they were driving over rough ground, loose stones popping under the tyres.

There aren't any loose stones .

My brain feels like a loose stone in a dried leather pouch.

I've been trying to find loose stones again.

He moved lightly over the rough ground, dodging round bushes, avoiding every loose stone and broken twig.

There is only one tall stone standing now and no white cross on the cairn-like mound of loose stones.

Her left foot skittered on the loose stones , and she wobbled again, dangerously.

stool

Sometimes parents had stopped the laxative because the stool withholding manoeuvres or screaming did not stop as soon as loose stools were induced.

Warning: Consumers over the age of 16 are likely to experience severe indigestion, heartburn, regret and loose stools .

It needs time to regain its normal elasticity and reduce in size so a period of loose stools is often desirable.

Warning: Eaten in sufficient amounts, this product ensures bad breath, probable indigestion and pungent, loose stools .

Parents may interpret this as very loose stools .

Patients with active colitis had clinical symptoms of urgency, loose stools , abdominal pain, and blood in the stool.

woman

The loosest woman is a stickler for etiquette and elocution.

She said she was not a loose woman but that she had blood in her veins, not Sour milk.

Here he encountered the bars and loose women and dance halls that would soon make him a famous artist.

PHRASES FROM OTHER ENTRIES

all hell broke loose

Debbie told him to shut up, he slapped her, and then all hell broke loose.

When a fan jumped onto the stage, all hell broke loose.

A sparrow hawk appeared - and all hell broke loose!

And then, all hell broke loose.

But then all hell broke loose, geologically speaking, as increasing numbers of sources for the rock were discovered.

Journalists woke him up in his bed with the news and, as I suspected, all hell broke loose.

Not at all bad considering that all hell broke loose in September and the City was rocked by events outside its control.

She started to strip off, all hell broke loose and he bolted while plain-clothes officers moved in to stage a cover-up.

What actually happened was that I was as drunk as anybody in the barracks the night all hell broke loose.

When the story was leaked to the press, all hell broke loose.

come open/undone/loose etc

As she reached the doors they came open, the button pressed by two people outside.

His heart felt it would come loose in his body, so wildly was it beating.

Some ropes had come loose and were swinging wildly in the wind.

Then she felt something on her arm and discovered her scarf had come undone.

Then sprinkle on water and re-trowel in come loose-use an emulsion paint brush.

Think of all the things that come loose around the house.

When the Thayer principalship came open in the summer of 1981, Littky applied and reentered the educational world.

have a screw loose

"Fernando can be really weird sometimes." "Yeah, he's got a screw loose, no question."

play fast and loose with sth

And there is his willingness to play fast and loose with the facts.

Besides, it is playing fast and loose with the statistics to take 1981 as the baseline for the Government's claims.

In what follows, I shall play fast and loose with these words and the subtle distinctions between them.

They probably see it as a place where government plays fast and loose with tax dollars.

To say that the Wattersons had played fast and loose with their investors' capital was an understatement.

set sb free/loose

After six years in prison, Louis was set free.

tear loose

At what stage did her briefs tear loose?

He had heard the pounding, too, and thought a storm shutter had torn loose.

In recent months they have begun to tear loose from this platform.

One error and he would have been torn loose and hurled overboard to be smothered by the driving spray.

One of the clouds over Bald Hill tore loose and floated down the sky toward us.

The great ice bridge had torn loose from its foundations and was starting to move downstream toward the Whirlpool.

The piece of paper tore loose.

Tightness throughout the abdomen making it impossible to cough or strain for fear that something will burst or will tear loose.

tie up loose ends

His new movie will tie up some of the loose ends from the last one.

There are still a few loose ends to tie up before we have an agreement.

EXAMPLES FROM OTHER ENTRIES

a loose group of local organizations

a loose interpretation of the law

a loose screw

a loose tooth

a loose woman

A looser interpretation of the law would lead to more convictions.

In hot weather, loose cotton clothes are more comfortable.

linen cloth with a loose weave

My shoelaces are loose .

One of Sean's front teeth is loose .

One of the hinges on the box was coming loose .

She wore a long, loose linen jacket.

Some of the floorboards are loose and they creak when you walk on them.

The garage claimed it was just a loose connection.

The guitar strings were loose , but none were broken.

The term "empire' is often loosely applied to a federation of states.

The title is a loose translation of the Korean original.

The top fitted me, but the shorts were a little loose round the waist.

There must be a wire loose , because this light isn't working.

This is only a loose translation of the original paper.

EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS

A sparrow hawk appeared - and all hell broke loose !

He didn't bathe, his teeth got loose .

It was as though she'd been let loose from shackles she hadn't even known she'd been wearing.

Joey Bonanza doesn't like loose ends.

Searching the cloaks turns up a few loose buttons and an Imperial silver shilling. 20.

There are two classes of relationships; loose coupling and tight coupling.

They saw themselves as having a consultative decision-making style, using relatively loose follow-up, and being very open to persuasion.

II. verb

COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS

■ VERB

cut

To cut it loose now could be to see it sink.

Using his one good hand, he inched down to Angerer and with his ice axe cut him loose .

let

He seemed to have forgotten about only letting me loose on water.

The last time the siren had been let loose was just two months before.

And there was absolutely no reason why a single cancer cell should ever be let loose in any part of our body.

He said as much when he finally let things loose .

And it was Alec who let them loose .

We are about to make machines as complex as grasshoppers and let them loose in the world.

I let the girl loose and pushed her towards my wife.

As if all that were not trouble enough, the landlord lets a goat loose in the flat.

turn

It must be something serious to turn the students loose on it.

With that he turns them loose to use the field manuals around the room to pick an animal to study.

PHRASES FROM OTHER ENTRIES

all hell broke loose

Debbie told him to shut up, he slapped her, and then all hell broke loose.

When a fan jumped onto the stage, all hell broke loose.

A sparrow hawk appeared - and all hell broke loose!

And then, all hell broke loose.

But then all hell broke loose, geologically speaking, as increasing numbers of sources for the rock were discovered.

Journalists woke him up in his bed with the news and, as I suspected, all hell broke loose.

Not at all bad considering that all hell broke loose in September and the City was rocked by events outside its control.

She started to strip off, all hell broke loose and he bolted while plain-clothes officers moved in to stage a cover-up.

What actually happened was that I was as drunk as anybody in the barracks the night all hell broke loose.

When the story was leaked to the press, all hell broke loose.

have a screw loose

"Fernando can be really weird sometimes." "Yeah, he's got a screw loose, no question."

EXAMPLES FROM OTHER ENTRIES

Police fired tear gas and loosed police dogs.

The recent court case has loosed a number of racist attacks.

The tanker loosed 13,000 gallons of pesticide into the river.

EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS

He clambered forward, loosed the ropes, and threw his weight on the sail to bring it dawn.

The internet has opened a Pandora's box of threats: its demons have been loosed on us all.

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