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    broke loose

    Dear teachers,

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

    The fans broke loose.
    break loose = escape from restraint, burst forth with violence or noise, as of an emotion or expression of emotion

    Thank you for your efforts.

    Regards,

    V.

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    Exclamation Re: broke loose

    Quote Originally Posted by vil View Post
    Dear teachers,

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

    The fans broke loose.
    break loose = escape from restraint, burst forth with violence or noise, as of an emotion or expression of emotion

    Thank you for your efforts.

    Regards,

    V.
    Yes, the literal meaning can be escape from restraint, burst forth with violence or noise but All the hell broke loose is an idiom which is used to describe a more chaotic, confusing and disturbed situation, as:
    All the hell broke loose after the final whistle as the fans of loosing team from all stands rained bottles, stones and other waste material at the referee leading to serious breach of law and order.
    Last edited by sarat_106; 03-Sep-2009 at 12:48.

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