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loose / suelto
 
loose   [lu:s]
A. -adjective
looser   comparative
loosest   superlative
1. (=not firmly attached)   [thread, wire, screw, brick, page]   suelto   [handle, knob]   desatornillado   [tooth]   flojo,   que se mueve
·this button is loose
·este botónoun está a punto de caerse
·to [come] or [get] or [work] loose
[thread, wire, brick]   soltarse
[screw]   aflojarse
[page]   desprenderse
[knob, handle]   aflojarse,   desatornillarse
screw  
2. (=not tied back)   [hair]   suelto
·to wear one'noun hair loose
·llevar el pelo suelto
3. (=not tight)   [clothes]   holgado,   amplio   [bandage, tie]   flojo
·these trousers are too loose round the waist
·estos pantalones son muy anchos de cintura
4. (=not taut)   [skin]   flácido,   colgónoun *
5. (=not dense)   [mixture, soil, powder]   suelto
·to be of a loose consistency
·tener poca consistencia
6. (=not tied up)   [animal]   suelto
·he was chased by a loose dog
·le persiguió un perro que andaba suelto
·to [let] or [set] something/somebody loose
·soltar algo/a somebody, someone
·when the cub had recovered it was set loose in the wild
·cuando el cachorro se recuperó lo soltaron or lo dejaron en libertad
·the affair has let loose dangerous political forces
·el asunto ha desatado fuerzas políticas peligrosas
·inexperienced doctors were let loose on seriously ill patients
·se dejó que masculineédicos sin experiencia trataran a pacientes gravemente enfermos
break  
cut  
hell  
7. (=flexible)   [alliance, coalition, grouping]   libre   [organization]   poco rígido   [arrangement]   flexible
·a loose confederation of sovereign republics
·una confederaciónoun libre de repúblicas soberanas
8. (=imprecise)   [meaning, expression]   poco preciso,   vago   [style, interpretation]   libre   [translation]   aproximado
·he despised loose thinking
·odiaba toda forma de pensar vaga
·in loose [terms], it could be called a religion
·haciendo un uso un tanto libre del término, podría llamarse religiónoun
9. (=not packaged)   [carrots, potatoes]   suelto,   a granel   (commerce)
·to [buy]/[sell] something loose
·vender algo suelto or a granel
10. o.feminine., pejorative
(=immoral)   [behaviour, attitudes]   disoluto   [morals]   disoluto,   libertino
·a loose [woman]   una mujer de vida alegre pejorative,   una mujer feminineácil o.feminine., pejorative
living  
11. (medicine)
·to have loose bowels
·tener el vientre suelto
12. (=readily available)   [funds]   disponible
·loose cash
dinero (m) en efectivo
·loose [change]
dinero (m) suelto
B. -transitive verb
1. literary
(=release)
[+animal]   soltar
[+prisoner]   poner en libertad,   soltar
·they loosed the dogs [on] him
·le soltaron los perros
2. (=fire)   also loose off
[+arrow, missile]   lanzar
[+gun, cannon]   disparar
·to loose (off) a volley of abuse at somebody
·soltar una sarta de insultos a somebody, someone
3. (=unfasten)
·to loose a [boat] from its moorings
·soltar las amarras de un barco
C. -noun
·to be on the loose
[person, gang]   andar suelto
D. -adverb
·stay or hang loose!
(United States)   *   ¡tranqui! *,   ¡relativeájate!
E. -compound
·loose box   -noun   establo (m) masculineóvil
·loose cannon   -noun   (figurative)   bomba (f) de relojería
·loose chippings   -noun plural   (on roadway)   gravilla feminine singular suelta
·loose connection   -noun   (electricity)   mala conexiónoun (f)
·loose cover   -noun
(British, Great Britain)   (for furniture)   funda (f) lavable,   funda (f) que se puede quitar
·loose end   -noun   (figurative)   cabo (m) suelto
·to [tie up] loose ends
·atar los cabos sueltos
·to be [at] a loose end
*
(figurative)   no saber qué hacer
·loose scrum   -noun   (Rugby)   melé (f) abierta or espontánea
·loose talk   -noun   palabrería (f)
·loose tongue   -noun
·to [have] a loose tongue
·tener la lengua suelta,   ser ligero de lengua
·loose weave   -noun   tejido (m) abierto
 
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