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adjective loose pronunciation in British English /luːs/
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  1. 1
    not firmly fixed in position
    loose floorboards
    a loose tooth
    work/come loose (=become loose): One of the screws had worked loose.
    1. a.
      if your hair is loose, it is not tied in position
      Her hair was loose and hung on her shoulders.
    2. c.
      if a person or animal is loose, they can move around easily because they are not tied to anything, not held by anyone, or not kept inside something
      A large dog was loose in the garden.
      break/shake/get loose (from someone/something) (=become free): The woman managed to break loose from her attacker and run for help.
      turn/set/let someone loose (=allow someone to be free): The kidnappers had set him loose on a dark country lane.
  2. 4
    not exactly accurate in every detail
    This is a loose translation of the letter.
  3. 5
    not strictly organized or official
    a system in which political parties form a loose alliance
    We’ve got a loose arrangement for looking after each other’s children.
  4. 8
    old-fashioned careless about what you say or who you say it to
    loose talk: You’ve been warned about loose talk before.
  5. 9
    old-fashioned sexually immoral
    loose morals


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