When Diana called for an international ban, seven months before she died, a Tory minister accused her of being a "loose cannon".
At present, however, those criminals are on the loose—and almost certainly planning their next big score.
According to Bissonnette, bin Laden was wearing a sleeveless white T-shirt, loose tan pants, and a tan tunic.
Eman Galal, a 26-year-old English teacher is veiled and dressed in loose fitting clothes.
Wales fostered a loose system of collective management, in which he played guide and gentle prodder but not boss.
His necktie was loose, and had twisted to one side in the struggle.
Their outburst of melody is like a brook let loose from wintry chains.
loose my dumpling too; And butter'd toasts and woodcocks?Mar.
And yet it was a coward's blow, and one to stir the blood and loose the tongue of the most peaceful.
He thinks he'll play fast and loose with me; he thinks he'll leave me in the lurch—does he?
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.