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British English: /luːs/
American English: /lus/

Translation of loose in Italian:


  • 1on the loose
    (prisoner, criminal, animal)
    there's a killer, lion on the loose
    un assassino, un leone è scappato
    there is a gang of hooligans on the loose in the town
    c'è una banda di teppisti che scorrazzano per la città
    he is still on the loose
    è ancora in libertà
  • 2 (in rugby) See examples:the loose
    la mischia aperta


  • 2 (free) the bull's loose
    il toro è scappato
    to break loose (animal)
    from da
    from con
    from da
    to cut somebody loose
    liberare qualcuno
    to roam o run loose
    correre in libertà
    to let o set o turn loose
    (animal, prisoner)
    he let the dogs loose on me I wouldn't let that mad man loose on a classroom
    non affiderai una classe a quel pazzo
    I wouldn't let first year students loose on Joyce!
    non farei leggere Joyce agli studenti del primo anno!
    to let loose with criticism, insults
  • 4 (that has come apart)
    (card, page)
    (stone, fragment)
    a loose sheet of paper
    un foglio volante
    these pages have come loose
    queste pagine si sono staccate
    loose rust, paint “loose chippings” (British English) o “loose gravel” (American English) (roadsign)
    “materiale instabile sulla strada”

transitive verb



to be at a loose end to be at loose ends

(British English) o (American English)
non sapere che cosa fare

to tie up the loose ends

fare gli ultimi ritocchi o aggiustare gli ultimi dettagli

to have a loose tongue

avere la lingua lunga o non sapere tenere un segreto

Phrasal verbs

loose off

1 (shoot) 2 loose off [something], loose [something] off
(abuse, insults)

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