get loose

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See: break, separate
References in classic literature ?
For example, --after a weary and perilous chase and capture of a whale, the body may get loose from the ship by reason of a violent storm; and drifting far away to leeward, be retaken by a second whaler, who, in a calm, snugly tows it alongside, without risk of life or line.
At length, struggling to get loose, I had the fortune to break the strings, and wrench out the pegs that fastened my left arm to the ground; for, by lifting it up to my face, I discovered the methods they had taken to bind me, and at the same time with a violent pull, which gave me excessive pain, I a little loosened the strings that tied down my hair on the left side, so that I was just able to turn my head about two inches.
When this shower of arrows was over, I fell a groaning with grief and pain; and then striving again to get loose, they discharged another volley larger than the first, and some of them attempted with spears to stick me in the sides; but by good luck I had on a buff jerkin, which they could not pierce.
The design goal was ideally to contain the pressure, but if it did get loose, to manage the escaping gas so as to protect the shooter as much as possible.
The natural occurrence causes "snow sharks," ancient beasts that feed off of humans, to get loose.
He said: "If we are down there early enough to have some rest and to get loose then it should not be a problem at all.