V adj

The 'break free' group

These verbs indicate that a person manages to get free from a restraint, or that an object comes away from or out of something. They are used with free or loose.
This is a productive use: other verbs with similar meanings, for example jerk, scramble, and twist, can be used with this pattern. The verbs listed here are the ones which are most frequently used in this way.
The more I struggled to break free, the more I became entangled.
He gave a feeble shrug and tried to squirm free.
One of the pins had worked loose from the outer plate.
  • break
  • pull
  • rattle
  • roll
  • shake
  • spring
  • squirm
  • struggle
  • work
  • wrench
  • wriggle
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