I'm asking about the usage of the phrase "cut someone loose" that I saw which its meaning is "to free", but I'm not sure if it's appropriate in this context. Is it?

An example:

"This teacher is going to cut us loose from the class"?

meaning the teacher is going to cancel the class today.

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    You haven't really explained the context. It sounds distinctly odd to say that a teacher is cutting you loose from a class. We usually say that a teacher is excusing you from class (for some reason).
    – Mick
    Oct 18, 2016 at 0:18
  • Please use it in a sentence
    – Major Tom
    Oct 18, 2016 at 1:35
  • Where I can fond example for uses of this phrase. Oct 18, 2016 at 1:47

1 Answer 1


to cut someone loose

means to "free someone who is being bound" (as in a rescue operation) and may even imply that the person being freed is then motivated to escape or run away

The prisoners were cut loose from their chains.

In the sentence

The children were cut loose from their class.
the children where freed from the shackles of establishment imposed education and ran to the ice cream shop

the action would be understandable, however, for classes, better phrasing might be

The children were let go from their class.

since there probably wasn't a rescue operation which freed the children.

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