Phrases with "loosed"

D. H. Lawrence He loosed her, and rose, looking at her reproachfully. The White Peacock by D. H. Lawrence

Arnold Bennett A phrase in the speech loosed some catch in him and he turned suddenly to Hilda, and in an intimate half-whisper murmured — “More blood!” “What?” she harshly questioned. Clayhanger by Arnold Bennett [1910]

Rudyard Kipling What concern hast thou with war?’ said the priest to Kim. ‘Thine is a red and an angry sign of War to be loosed very soon. Kim by Rudyard Kipling [1901]

Edith Wharton She hung there for a moment, netted in tightening memories; then she loosed her hold on the door-handle and advanced a few steps into the room. The Mother’s Recompense by Edith Wharton [1925]

Rudyard Kipling About noon I heard horses in the valley, and the three men loosed my ropes and fled out, and De Aquila’s men rode up. Puck of Pook’s Hill by Rudyard Kipling [1906]

Abraham Merri A spell seemed to have been loosed from him; it was as though he had broken through some web of sorcery. The Woman of the Wood by Abraham Merri

Arnold Bennett Hilda gazed at her master with anxiety as he deposited his black walking-stick in the corner behind the door and loosed his white muffler and large overcoat (which Dayson called an ‘immensikoff. Hilda Lessways by Arnold Bennett [1911]

You have seen the vanity of earthly glory, and your soul is loosed from its moorings. The Blanket of the Dark by John Buchan [1931]

Abraham Merri The Viking went down into the pit, picked out nineteen of the sturdiest slaves, loosed and drove them two by two over to the ship. The Ship of Ishtar by Abraham Merri

George Eliot Tom loosed his hold, and left Bob to rise. The Mill on the Floss by George Eliot [1860]

Rudyard Kipling He handed it to Harrison with one hand, and with the other loosed his clip-studded belt. Traffics and Discoveries by Rudyard Kipling [1904]

Francis Bacon For the chain of causes cannot by any force be loosed or broken, nor can nature be commanded except by being obeyed. The Great Instauration by Francis Bacon [1620]

T. E. Lawrence The camels were loosed out, while we lay and lunched and tried to sleep, defying the multitude of flies which had marched with us from Bair in colonies on our sweaty backs. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

Thomas Love Peacock The instant the door broke, Robin and Marian loosed their arrows. Maid Marian by Thomas Love Peacock

Rafael Sabatini They heard the hoofs of the roan go padding down the lane, then at last Nathaniel loosed his pent-up wrath. The Plague of Ghosts by Rafael Sabatini

William Hope Hodgson But the second hind, having heard my name, loosed from the tiring-maid, and ran for his life; and, indeed, my strength was known all about that part. The Night Land by William Hope Hodgson

Algernon Blackwood The thrill comes unheralded — a sudden uprush of convincing joy loosed from some store that is inexhaustible. The Garden of Survival by Algernon Blackwood [1918]

William Hope Hodgson And immediately they were beneath the tree in which I did lie; so that a great fear came upon me, and I loosed the belt from the branch, that I should be free to fight. The Night Land by William Hope Hodgson

Arnold Bennett Disconcerted by her compassion, he loosed her. The Old Wives’ Tale by Arnold Bennett [1908]

Guy de Maupassant When I loosed my hold, other articles passed over my body, just as a charge of cavalry does over the body of a dismounted soldier. Who Knows? (Qui sait ?) by Guy de Maupassant [1890]

Kate Chopin The devouring element, loosed in its awful recklessness there in the heart of this lonely forest. At Fault by Kate Chopin

William Hope Hodgson Now, of a sudden, the Maid did make as that she would rise, and I loosed free from her, to give help. The Night Land by William Hope Hodgson

Twice he tried to tear himself away, but had he loosed his hold she would have fallen. For the term of his natural life by Marcus Clarke [1874]

Abraham Merri Kulun loosed his hood, let it fall about his shoulders. The Metal Monster by Abraham Merri

Arthur Conan Doyle It is loosed by fire, is it not, which springs from the black dust?” “By my hilt! fair sir, I know not. Sir Nigel by Arthur Conan Doyle [1906]

Rafael Sabatini He thought of Malpas and cursed Lionel’s folly, as, without a word, he loosed his cloak and flung it on an oaken coffer by the wall where already he had cast his hat. The Sea Hawk by Rafael Sabatini

Jules Verne At half past twelve the anchor was weighed, having been loosed from its holding-ground with some difficulty. In Search of the Castaways by Jules Verne [1873]

Rudyard Kipling Ubique means five gunners’ ’ash before you’ve loosed a round. The Five Nations by Rudyard Kipling [1903]

Julian Hawthorne Now then, Jack!’ “They loosed the cord a little round my arms; then, taking it by the slack end, they lowered me into that dark chasm until I rested at the bottom. Mrs. Gainsborough’s Diamonds by Julian Hawthorne

In the fierceness of her knowledgeable love, she struck so hard — all heaven in the blow — that he loosed his arm from her and fell back a pace. All Hallows’ Eve by Charles Williams [1945]

The old physical pain, which only loosed him at intervals, tightened its thongs. Diana Tempest by Mary Cholmondeley [1893]

Jack London Buck loosed his teeth from the flesh of the arm and drove in again for the throat. The Call of the Wild by Jack London [1903]

Adam Lindsay Gordon Come hither! the bands are all broken, And loosed in hell’s innermost womb, When the spell unpronounceable spoken Divides the unspeakable gloom. Poems by Adam Lindsay Gordon

Arnold Bennett She nodded again; he loosed her arm, and she turned away. The Old Wives’ Tale by Arnold Bennett [1908]

George Gissing He had just loosed his hold of her, and she was upright again before him, her eyes flashing defiance, though every muscle in her frame quivered. The Odd Women by George Gissing [1892]

Anthony Trollope And then, when one hand was loosed in the struggle, she twisted it through his long hair, and dragged back his head till his eyes were nearly starting from their sockets. Tales of all countries by Anthony Trollope

After clasping an upright stick, they repeatedly loosed it again, and often would not seize it at all, or their extremities did not coil closely round. The Movements and Habits of Climbing Plants by Charles Darwin

I had never been kissed by any man before and the sensation loosed in me a terrible wave of passion. The Silent Dead by Arthur Gask [1950]

Abraham Merri With utmost difficulty we loosed the thongs, but at last it was done. The Moon Pool by Abraham Merri

T. E. Lawrence Tafas haltered the camels, loosed their girths, and strewed before them green fodder from a fragrant pile beside the gate. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

Startled, he dropped it on the table, or would have done, — but that, as he loosed it, instead of falling, it hung in the air, dilating and deepening. Many Dimensions by Charles Williams [1931]

Virginia Woolf But as a shadow fell next moment on the garden Mrs. Swithin loosed and lowered her fixed look and said: “It’s very unsettled. Between the Acts by Virginia Woolf [1941]

William Hope Hodgson But Mine Own came not over to me, so that I loosed the Diskos from mine hip, and went that I be nigh to her. The Night Land by William Hope Hodgson

Peter ordered the thong to be loosed that he might ride abreast of the man, and bade the others fall back a little. The Blanket of the Dark by John Buchan [1931]

William Hope Hodgson And the Lady Mirdath was no longer able to endure, and cried out in her sudden fear and disgust, and struck the rough hind that embraced her, so hard that he loosed her a moment, swearing great oaths. The Night Land by William Hope Hodgson

Jack London They were to be loosed on the palaces and cities of the masters. The Iron Heel by Jack London [1908]

Abraham Merri He leaped to the door on one side of which stood watchful Sharane, on the other tense Sigurd. He drew her to him in fierce caress; loosed her and peered through the curtains. The Ship of Ishtar by Abraham Merri

Arthur Conan Doyle It was conjectured that the pair intended to enter the cage, but that when the door was loosed the creature bounded out upon them. The Case Book of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1927]

Rudyard Kipling This loosed the Corporal’s tongue, and he descanted on the virtues of the regiment and the merits of the officers. Letters of Marque by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

E. F. Benson Probably he too had observed this apparition, for his fingers prematurely loosed hold of the sponge, and it bounded into the street. Miss Mapp by E. F. Benson [1922]

Virginia Woolf His fingers had loosed it; he had dropped it. Between the Acts by Virginia Woolf [1941]

Anthony Trollope After that he loosed an ornamented bag which he carried round his neck, and producing from it tobacco, proceeded to fill two pipes. Tales of all countries by Anthony Trollope

He came from behind the desk as if loosed suddenly from a spell that had held him motionless, and came up to the woman. The Man in the Queue by Josephine Tey

T. E. Lawrence We loosed the Howeitat on them, and after an hour they returned in laughter, each man leading a mule or pack-horse; poor, tired, galled brutes, showing all too clearly the straits of the beaten army. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

Then with a deep sigh of satisfaction he loosed her so suddenly that she half sank on to the floor. His Prey was Man by Arthur Gask [1942]

Zona Gale The low key of the room was electrically raised by a cry, loosed from some other plight of being, like an odour of burning encroaching upon a garden. Romance Island by Zona Gale [1906]

Arms met and embraced, a mouth kissed him, a@ sigh of content was loosed to him and from him. Descent into Hell by Charles Williams [1937]

Sir Richard Burton So when they loosed the sails, the barber said to the dyer: “O my brother, this is the sea, and we shall need meat and drink. The Arabian Nights' Entertainments by Sir Richard Burton

Rudyard Kipling They hear the loosed White Horses  Above their fathers’ grave; And, kin of those we crippled,  And, sons of those we slew, Spur down the wild white riders  To school the herds anew. The Five Nations by Rudyard Kipling [1903]

He was turning to strike out for the bank, when he found himself seized by Sanker. They loosed each other in a minute, but Tod was helpless, and he sank. The Beginning of the End by Ellen Wood [1869]

When he had dismounted, he loosed the bonds from feet and snout. The Nibelungenlied by translated by Daniel B. Shumway

Rudyard Kipling An’ I thought for a minute ‘e was goin’ to give me money, but ‘e run ‘is ‘and up to the top-button of ‘is shootin’ coat an’ loosed it. Many Inventions by Rudyard Kipling [1893]

Jack London For every man who betrayed us, from one to a dozen faithful avengers were loosed upon his heels. The Iron Heel by Jack London [1908]

Rudyard Kipling Another loosed a couple of torpedoes at the enemy ships who were attacking Gehenna, which, perhaps, accounts for the anxiety of the enemy to break away from that hornets’ nest as soon as possible. Destroyers at Jutland by Rudyard Kipling [1916]

The dwarf squealed and bit Corsus’s thumb to the bone, so that he loosed his hold; and the dwarf fled from the hall, while the company laughed pleasantly. The Worm Ouroboros by E. R. Eddison [1922]

Then, of a sudden, with a twist and a wrench, the stranger loosed himself, and he of the scar found himself locked in a pair of arms that fairly made his ribs crack. The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood. by Written and illustrated by Howard Pyle

He went soundlessly down, and as he came to ground and loosed his hold he sighed; he took a step or two away and sighed again, and now for pure relief. Descent into Hell by Charles Williams [1937]

T. E. Lawrence He told me that fifty wild mules, without halter or bridle or saddle, had been loosed on shore that morning from a ship. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

Elizabeth Gaskell She felt the tremulous shake which announced that the ship was loosed from her moorings, and being tugged down the river. The Moorland Cottage by Elizabeth Gaskell [1851]

T. E. Lawrence The valley had flooded in some burst of rain the year before, and therefore contained much dry and thirsty pasturage: to this we loosed our camels. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

She loosed the knob and swayed weakly, groping with one hand. The Four Million by O. Henry [1906]

E. F. Benson His spirit seemed to draw away from life, though still intensely living, and he was in love with death, that but loosed it from the impediment of the body. The House of Defence by E. F. Benson [1906]

It seemed an age after we stopped before my feet were loosed and I was allowed to fall over on the ground. Prester John by John Buchan

George Eliot He loosed the plank and went to the kitchen door. Adam Bede by George Eliot [1859]

He loosed the bonds of Alberich and the giant. The Nibelungenlied by translated by Daniel B. Shumway

Rudyard Kipling Hugh loosed arrow, and pierced him through the throat. Puck of Pook’s Hill by Rudyard Kipling [1906]

Rudyard Kipling For, O Friend of all the World,’ — he loosed his cracking belt — ‘I do not think it is often that a Sahib and the son of a Sahib runs away from there. Kim by Rudyard Kipling [1901]

Rudyard Kipling Gisborne loosed a curtain to keep out the sun. Many Inventions by Rudyard Kipling [1893]

In the confusion of the moment the man loosed his grip of the musket to grapple with his unseen antagonist, and Fair, snatching up the weapon, swore to blow out his brains if he raised a finger. For the term of his natural life by Marcus Clarke [1874]

Whenever she showed any signs of slackening, Flurry loosed another yell at her that renewed her panic, and thus we precariously covered another two or three miles of our journey. Some Experiences of an Irish R.M. by Somerville and Ross [1899]

Here was one that had loosed Hell, and the furies of Hell had got hold of him. Greenmantle by John Buchan

Walter Scott But, if she fled like a doe, Roland Graeme followed with the speed and ardour of a youthful stag-hound, loosed for the first time on his prey. The Abbot by Walter Scott [1820]

H. Rider Haggard He loosed and away the great axe flew. Eric Brighteyes by H. Rider Haggard

Rudyard Kipling Yet on the other hand’ — he loosed his rosary — ‘I have acquired merit by saving two lives — the lives of those that wronged me. Kim by Rudyard Kipling [1901]

William Morris So I loosed her fingers from the cloth, shuddering with horror the while, and drew myself away from her and stood a little aloof, wondering what should happen next. The Well At The World’s End by William Morris [1896]

George Eliot Arthur loosed Adam’s arm and threw himself on the ottoman. Adam Bede by George Eliot [1859]

A. E. W. Mason And as he spoke he loosed a gazelle skin which was fastened about his waist beneath his jibbeh, and he let it fall by Feversham’s side. The Four Feathers by A. E. W. Mason [1902]

Sir Richard Burton Then I loosed off myself the meat, with clothes daubed with blood therefrom, and stood up by its side. The Arabian Nights' Entertainments by Sir Richard Burton

Rudyard Kipling And God have mercy on the Jat  When once my fetters fall, And Heaven defend the farmer’s hut  When I am loosed from thrall. Departmental Ditties and other verses by Rudyard Kipling [1886]

H. Rider Haggard The pity for another’s pain had loosed the flood-gates of her own, but it was a performance that she did not repeat. Dawn by H. Rider Haggard

Rudyard Kipling Upon the second night — so great was my reward — the wise Soul loosed itself from the silly Body and went free. Kim by Rudyard Kipling [1901]

Mark Twain And I will give unto thee the keys of the Kingdom of Heaven; and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven. The Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain

James Joyce In a gabbard he barqued it, the boat of life, from the harbourless Ivernikan Okean, till he spied the loom of his landfall and he loosed two croakers from under his tilt, the gran Phenician rover. Finnegans Wake by James Joyce

Steele Rudd Dad loosed our three, and pleased they were to feel themselves free. On Our Selection by Steele Rudd

George Eliot How pretty it looked with its parti-coloured sail in the sunlight, moored in the quiet bay! “Let that man bear the loss who loosed it from its moorings. Adam Bede by George Eliot [1859]

Tod!—and Sophie Chalk! “Good gracious! There’s Johnny Ludlow!” She loosed his arm as she spoke, and came sailing up to me, her gold bracelets jingling as she gave her hand. Our First Term at Oxford by Ellen Wood [1873]

Arnold Bennett But at last it has come to pass!” Ah! Some one put the twisted end of a towel into her hand again — she had loosed it; and she pulled, pulled, enough to break cables. The Old Wives’ Tale by Arnold Bennett [1908]

Abraham Merri And so, Larree, I loosed the Keth upon them — and gave them peace and rest within the nothingness. The Moon Pool by Abraham Merri

H. Rider Haggard Juanna loosed her hair indeed, and let it fall about her shoulders, covering her rent robe to the waist, but she did no more. The People of the Mist by H. Rider Haggard

It had gone, that indrawing cry, where only it could go, for the eternal City into which it was inevitably loosed absorbed it into its proper place. All Hallows’ Eve by Charles Williams [1945]

The first to arrive beside the tonga bent and loosed the trunk he brought, which slipped from his back to the ground. The hesitation of Miss Anderson by Sara Jeannette Duncan [1903]

William Morris She had glided away, and got to her horse, which was tethered on the other side of the oak-tree, and had loosed him and mounted him, and so sat in the saddle there, the reins gathered in her hands. The Well At The World’s End by William Morris [1896]

I learned it then! And hardly had I loosed her, than some one came upon us. The Crime and the Criminal by Richard Marsh [1897]

Rudyard Kipling The Hajji said: ‘I go to my own place,’ and he loosed from his neck a chained heart of ambergris set in soft gold and held it forth. Actions and Reactions by Rudyard Kipling [1909]

William Hope Hodgson And, in verity, I shifted my hand and loosed the fastenings of her garment, so that her pretty shoulders did be bared. The Night Land by William Hope Hodgson

T. E. Lawrence A Turk appeared upon the buffers of the fourth truck from the end, loosed the couplings, and let the tail of the train slip back down the gradient. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

Thomas Hobbes And whatsoever ye shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven. Leviathan by Thomas Hobbes

Henry Kingsley Soon after this the little head lay heavy on Mary’s arm, and the little hand loosed its hold on hers, and the child was asleep. Ravenshoe by Henry Kingsley [1861]

Had I but some spark of masculine virtue, some soul at least of you should yet be loosed squealing to the shades to attend my dear ones ere I set sail. The Worm Ouroboros by E. R. Eddison [1922]

Rudyard Kipling Of course, Kaa could have crushed a dozen Mowglis if he had let himself go; but he played carefully, and never loosed one-tenth of his power. The Second Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling [1895]

Once or twice the terrible upheaval of human emotions that his investigations had loosed had almost caused a ripple in his official calm. Roads of Destiny by O. Henry [1909]

H. G. Wells The grip at his throat suddenly relaxed, and with a convulsive effort, Kemp loosed himself, grasped a limp shoulder, and rolled uppermost. The Invisible Man by H. G. Wells [1897]

There was, she knew, in those streets someone who looked like a god and yet had loosed that deathlight which had crept round her feet and now shone in Evelyn’s eyes. All Hallows’ Eve by Charles Williams [1945]

Mary Webb First he opened the calfskit door; then he loosed the pigs; then he fetched a bucket and went to the field where the calves were, followed by a turbulent, squealing, ferocious crowd of pigs. Gone to Earth by Mary Webb [1917]

Anna Katherine Green Indignation and pity were at their height when the strain which held them all in one common leash was loosed by the movement of a little child. Dark Hollow by Anna Katherine Green

Abraham Merri He loosed me, and gripped O’Keefe’s arm. The Moon Pool by Abraham Merri

Andrew Lang Peter loosed the bird, and led it away with him without disturbing the bird’s master. The Green Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Arthur Conan Doyle As we came abreast we loosed our torpedo and struck her fair. Danger! and other stories by Arthur Conan Doyle [1918]

All we be as hounds tugging against the leash to be loosed against Carcë in this happy hour, that likely cometh not again. The Worm Ouroboros by E. R. Eddison [1922]

Mitty loosed John’s hand and gave him a little push, whispering, “Go and speak to your papa, and give him the pretty flower. Diana Tempest by Mary Cholmondeley [1893]

I swear the arrow was as good as any that hath been loosed this day. The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood. by Written and illustrated by Howard Pyle

William Hope Hodgson Now, when that I did be into mine armour again, the Maid to set the scrip and the pouch upon me, and all the while I scarce to be loosed of the Diskos, as ever. The Night Land by William Hope Hodgson

Anna Katherine Green Already her arms had gone out like those of a blind person loosed upon an unknown road. The Mystery of the Hasty Arrow by Anna Katherine Green

Some mischievous wight loosed a dog as big as a jackass colt, and came roaring after him, and downed him momently. The Cloister and the Hearth by Charles Reade

Rafael Sabatini Instantly he loosed the grip of his murderous weapon. The Plague of Ghosts by Rafael Sabatini

He was restless; he rose again, unbuckled his sword, which he had not loosed since evening, and threw it hastily into a corner. The Evil Guest by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Frances Hodgson Burnett He loosed his embrace, sitting back on his heels to stare. The Head of the House of Coombe by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1922]

But the twenty-four hours was all of which she could be certain; and even of them some must have flown by since the carrier-pigeon had been loosed to her. Under Two Flags by Ouida [1867]

Successive political convulsions had at length fairly loosed the people of Syria from their former rules of conduct, and from all their old habits of reliance. Eothen by Alexander William Kinglake [1844]

Rudyard Kipling Now Rann the Kite brings home the night That Mang the Bat sets free — The herds are shut in byre and hut For loosed till dawn are we. The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling [1894]

H. Rider Haggard Then Otter loosed the dead or senseless priest, and at that moment the body of Francisco, cast thither by Nam, struck the water beside him and straightway vanished for ever. The People of the Mist by H. Rider Haggard

Edith Wharton Eleanor loosed a few fluttering words of congratulation and encouragement, but their flight was suddenly cut short. Crucial Instances by Edith Wharton [1901]

William Morris But after a while she came back again and loosed us, and grimly bade us go with her, and needs must we, though we could not so much as see our own feet upon the floor. The Water of the Wondrous Isles by William Morris [1897]

H. Rider Haggard Atli being dead, Eric loosed his hand and called to the men to take up his body and bear it to the hall. Eric Brighteyes by H. Rider Haggard

Once inside, the woman loosed her hold. Tom Ossington’s Ghost by Richard Marsh [1898]

William Hope Hodgson And, truly, when that she was safe, I loosed one of the straps from the pouch and the scrip, and I cast this up to the Maid, and she set it strong about the branch. The Night Land by William Hope Hodgson

Virginia Woolf For a moment they waited, and then loosed their hands. Night and Day by Virginia Woolf [1919]

Andrew Lang But the guards fell asleep, the bonds loosed themselves, and the spinner spun on. The Red Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

William Dampier We endeavoured to persuade one of them to go with us to be our pilot but he would not: therefore in the afternoon we loosed from hence, steering again to the south-east, having the wind at south-west. A New Voyage Round the World by William Dampier [1697]

Samuel Johnson He might justly represent, that he ought to have been considered as a lion in the toils, and demand to be released before the dogs should be loosed upon him. Lives of the Poets by Samuel Johnson

In less than five minutes these papers had been brought from Lancaster Gate to Ealing. He loosed the little sigh which always preceded his giving judgement and nodded. Many Dimensions by Charles Williams [1931]

Elizabeth Barrett Browning He had not caught her with her loosed Gold ringlets . Last Poems by Elizabeth Barrett Browning [1862]

She loosed her arm from my grasp and stood for one moment contemplating me. The Mill Mystery by Anna Katharine Green

Arnold Bennett At length, after ages of ennui, he loosed himself from the spell with an effort and glanced at Big James. “And what are you going to do with yourself today, James?” Big James smiled. Clayhanger by Arnold Bennett [1910]

Rudyard Kipling Night and the liquor was in their heads —  They laughed and talked no bounds, Till they waked the keepers on their beds,  And the keepers loosed the hounds. Rewards and Fairies by Rudyard Kipling [1910]

Charles Dickens He carried the child over, and before, the timid arm was loosed from his neck asked her for a kiss. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens [1859]

Elizabeth Gaskell They loosed her hat, and copiously splashed her face and clustering chestnut hair, till at length she came to herself; restored, but dripping wet. Sylvia’s Lovers by Elizabeth Gaskell [1863]

A. E. W. Mason The negro tied it securely into a corner of his wrap, loosed his water-skin from the donkey’s back, filled it at the well and slung it about his shoulders. The Four Feathers by A. E. W. Mason [1902]

And Mivarsh, as one new loosed from prison, went before them with a light step, singing and snapping his fingers. The Worm Ouroboros by E. R. Eddison [1922]

But those four hands that by mischance had loosed the winds and the waters on earth were stretched out to recover the power they had inadvertently cast away. The Greater Trumps by Charles Williams

Then he loosed off at me wi’ his gun. Huntingtower by John Buchan [1922]

H. Rider Haggard Then with much labour they loosed the grip of the two men one from the other, and they set Skallagrim on the plank. Eric Brighteyes by H. Rider Haggard

Arnold Bennett Jos loosed Joan’s head, and at the same moment Harry gave a click, and the machine started. These Twain by Arnold Bennett [1916]

Sidney Colvin The voice is loosed on them, like the wild dogs on the savage relics of an eastern conflict; and we can distinctly hear it ‘gorging and growling o’er carcase and limb. Keats by Sidney Colvin [1887]

Rudyard Kipling The Cat, following her instinct, leaped nigh to the ceiling, and with flattened ears and bared teeth backed in a corner ready to fight whatever terror might be loosed on her. Traffics and Discoveries by Rudyard Kipling [1904]

Leon Trotsky I recall only one occasion when Zhukovsky loosed his reins somewhat I think it was on his birthday. My Life by Leon Trotsky

Sir Richard Burton And he would have loosed the sails, but the wind redoubled upon the ship and whirled her round thrice and drave her backward, whereupon her rudder brake and she fell off toward a high mountain. The Arabian Nights' Entertainments by Sir Richard Burton

Rudyard Kipling Rebellion, rapine, hate, Oppression, wrong and greed Are loosed to rule our fate, By England’s act and deed. The Years Between by Rudyard Kipling [1919]

Jack London His position was near to where I lay in the burrow with mother so that I heard him when he cried out: “Now! all together!” From left, right, and centre our rifles loosed in a volley. The Star Rover by Jack London [1915]

Rafael Sabatini And then, transported by her white beauty and the oddness of the adventure, he loosed the bridle of his tempestuous gallantry. Casanova’s Alibi by Rafael Sabatini

Arthur Conan Doyle We bore our milk away to the window, and having loosed the shutters we seated ourselves so as to have an outlook down the road. Micah Clarke by Arthur Conan Doyle