- 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
OPPOSITES 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.
- 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 looseloose·ly, adverbloose·ness, nouno·ver·loose, adjectiveo·ver·loose·ness, noun
How to use loose in a sentence
Tampa Bay’s win in Game 4 was an all-timer — and an all-time gut-punch of a loss for the Dodgers, who had fought hard to stake themselves to a 7-6 lead with two outs in the bottom of the ninth before all hell broke loose.The Dodgers Went From A Stunning Loss To The Brink Of A Championship|Neil Paine (email@example.com)|October 26, 2020|FiveThirtyEight
As temperatures rise and the peaks thaw, rocks that were previously held firmly in place by ice are coming loose.How Climate Change Is Making the Alps More Dangerous|Agostino Petroni|October 23, 2020|Outside Online
Basically, if you’re hair didn’t look like the Europeanized image of silky straight tresses or beach-friendly loose waves, it wasn’t beautiful.Why Elle Lorraine Is Scary Good in ‘Bad Hair’|cmurray|October 22, 2020|Essence.com
If you were loose enough in your understanding of what it means to copy yourself, for instance, then a spreading fire is a self-copying phenomenon.The Physicist’s New Book of Life - Issue 92: Frontiers|Michael Brooks|October 21, 2020|Nautilus
Inside are 20 loose-leaf papers written in Lee’s grandfather’s hand.A Writer Retraces Her Family's Past in Taiwan|Frances Nguyen|October 15, 2020|Outside Online
What candidate field can we expect in 2016 in case the moderate wing of the GOP looses out to Obama in 2012?Answering Your Questions|David Frum|March 23, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Frey is best of all the exalted gods in the Æsir's courts: no maid he makes to weep, no wife of man, and from bonds looses all.The Elder Eddas of Saemund Sigfusson; and the Younger Eddas of Snorre Sturleson|Saemund Sigfusson and Snorre Sturleson
But the Demon Rum looses a heated flood of poetry upon her, which I can but vision and not feel.I, Mary MacLane|Mary MacLane
He binds on earth and it is bound in heaven; he looses on earth and it is loosed in heaven.The Life of John Taylor|B. H. Roberts
The German looses in destroyers may have been equal or greater, but in cruisers they were considerably less.A Short History of the Great War|A. F. Pollard
Caressing them with eye and hand, urging them on with voice and gesture, he looses them upon the scent.Burgundy: The Splendid Duchy|Percy Allen
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
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