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    be (go) on the loose

    Dear teachers,

    Would you tell me whether I am right with my interpretation of the expression in bold in the following sentence?

    I’m inclined to think he is on the loose again; I saw him out with that young gambler Spinks, yesterday.

    be (go) on the loose = go on the burst, go the pace, burn the candle at both ends

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    Last edited by vil; 11-Nov-2010 at 14:01.

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    Re: be (go) in the loose

    Not exactly. "On the loose" just means "free" or "not locked up", but it often has a suggestion that the person or thing "on the loose" will cause trouble, or perhaps should be locked up.

    In your sentence, it sounds like a bad person is "on the loose" and therefore free to cause trouble.

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