What candidate field can we expect in 2016 in case the moderate wing of the GOP looses out to Obama in 2012?
Sherman, eagle-eyed and prompt to join issue, gains a brief repose before the gray of morning looses the fires of hell.
He looses his moral courage just as he comes to hate books and languages.
Caressing them with eye and hand, urging them on with voice and gesture, he looses them upon the scent.
But that burning of the image kills her and looses the man from her spell.
Owing to the smokey condition of the city, the "Lait Gustise" looses his identity.
He binds on earth and it is bound in heaven; he looses on earth and it is loosed in heaven.
Mi private opinyun ov human happiness izthat it iz like Joners gourd, it often looses in a nite all that it gru in a day.
Tom looses the dogs and sends them ranging to pick up a scent.
As you get opposite the door, she looses her hold upon them, and then commences the chase.
early 13c., "not securely fixed;" c.1300, "unbound," from Old Norse lauss "loose, free, vacant, dissolute," cognate with Old English leas "devoid of, false, feigned, incorrect," from Proto-Germanic *lausaz (cf. Danish løs "loose, untied," Swedish lös "loose, movable, detached," Middle Dutch, German los "loose, free," Gothic laus "empty, vain"), from PIE *leu- "to loosen, divide, cut apart" (see lose). Meaning "not clinging, slack" is mid-15c. Meaning "not bundled" is late 15c. Sense of "unchaste, immoral" is recorded from late 15c. Meaning "at liberty, free from obligation" is 1550s. Sense of "rambling, disconnected" is from 1680s. Figurative sense of loose cannon was in use by 1896, probably from celebrated image in a popular story by Hugo:
You can reason with a bull dog, astonish a bull, fascinate a boa, frighten a tiger, soften a lion; no resource with such a monster as a loose cannon. You cannot kill it, it is dead; and at the same time it lives. It lives with a sinister life which comes from the infinite. It is moved by the ship, which is moved by the sea, which is moved by the wind. This exterminator is a plaything. [Victor Hugo, "Ninety Three"]Loose end in reference to something unfinished, undecided, unguarded is from 1540s; to be at loose ends is from 1807. Phrase on the loose "free, unrestrained" is from 1749 (upon the loose).
early 13c, "to set free," from loose (adj.). Meaning "to undo, untie, unfasten" is 14c. Related: Loosed; loosing.