- having the players on a team positioned at fairly wide intervals, as in a football formation.
- (of a ball, hockey puck, etc.) not in the possession of either team; out of player control.
OTHER WORDS FOR loose
Idioms about loose
- to loosen or unfasten, as a ship from a mooring.
- to send forth; set adrift or free: He was cast loose at an early age to make his own way in the world.
- to release from domination or control.
- to become free, independent, etc.
- to revel without restraint: After the rodeo they headed into town to cut loose.
- to free or become free.
- to yield; give way: The guardrail let loose and we very nearly plunged over the edge.
- free; unconfined, as, especially, an escaped convict or circus animal.
- behaving in an unrestrained or dissolute way: a bachelor on the loose.
Origin of loose
OTHER WORDS FROM loose
How to use loose in a sentence
The program also had “many loose ends” — especially a lack of training — he says.Can Fish Farming Reduce Sexual Exploitation in East Africa?|Charu Kasturi|October 5, 2020|Ozy
Though the company notes that if, say, a heavy book falls on top of the kart after it jostled it loose from a shelf, that could ultimately be an issue.
These scenarios posit the human microbiome, which we imagine as mostly confined to our gut, as actually existing in a loose network that extends beyond our bodies.When Evolution Is Infectious - Issue 90: Something Green|Moises Velasquez-Manoff|September 30, 2020|Nautilus
It’s a recipe in the loosest sense, made when my partner and I realize we have enough of the ingredients already in the house, but nothing else to make it better or more cohesive.Celebrate the House Meal, the Go-To Dish for When There’s No One to Satisfy but Yourself|Jaya Saxena|September 30, 2020|Eater
While looser than the lockdown imposed earlier this year, the new restrictions will still damage the recovery, particularly for sectors like restaurants and transportation, and will last for six months, alongside the new support measures for workers.The UK’s job support scheme shows the US is becoming more of an outlier|John Detrixhe|September 24, 2020|Quartz
That gives Obama plenty of time to use the current looseness of the law to push forward the releases of many more prisoners.Bergdahl Deal Could Be First Step to Emptying Gitmo|Josh Rogin|June 2, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Now we can see the wonderful looseness of his brushwork as well.
It was that mixture of precision and looseness that was so influential.
It fell with a looseness and 323 finality that told Masten of the end.The Range Boss|Charles Alden Seltzer
Security against injury by shock, whether due to the presence of water in the cylinder or to looseness of running parts.A History of the Growth of the Steam-Engine|Robert H. Thurston
The looseness of the vessels and the weakness of the retentive faculty, is known from a moist and loose habit of the body.
If it proceeds from the retentive faculty, and looseness of the vessels, it is to be corrected with gentle astringents.
His bowels have always been regular, and rather inclined to looseness, but never disordered.Vegetable Diet: As Sanctioned by Medical Men, and by Experience in All Ages|William Andrus Alcott
British Dictionary definitions for loose
- (esp of women) promiscuous or easy
- (of attitudes, ways of life, etc) immoral or dissolute
- (of the bowels) emptying easily, esp excessively; lax
- (of a cough) accompanied by phlegm, mucus, etc
- free from confinement or restraint
- informal on a spree
- in a loose manner; loosely
- (in combination)loose-fitting
Derived forms of looseloosely, adverblooseness, noun
Word Origin for loose
Medical definitions for loose
Other Idioms and Phrases with loose
In addition to the idioms beginning with loose
- loose cannon
- loose ends
- at loose ends
- break loose
- cast loose
- cut loose
- footloose and fancy-free
- hang loose
- have a screw loose
- on the loose
- play fast and loose