on the loose
At large, free, as in That dog of theirs is on the loose all the time. [Second half of 1800s]
Acting without restraint, as in After the game the players were in town, on the loose. [Mid-1700s]
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Question 1 of 8
Mississippi’s nickname comes from the magnificent trees that grow there. What is it?
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