At loose ends
Loose Loose (l[=oo]s), a. [Compar. {Looser} (l[=oo]s"[~e]r); superl. {Loosest}.] [OE. loos, lous, laus, Icel. lauss; akin to OD. loos, D. los, AS. le['a]s false, deceitful, G. los, loose, Dan. & Sw. l["o]s, Goth. laus, and E. lose. [root]127. See {Lose}, and cf. {Leasing} falsehood.] 1. Unbound; untied; unsewed; not attached, fastened, fixed, or confined; as, the loose sheets of a book. [1913 Webster]

Her hair, nor loose, nor tied in formal plat. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

2. Free from constraint or obligation; not bound by duty, habit, etc.; -- with from or of. [1913 Webster]

Now I stand Loose of my vow; but who knows Cato's thoughts ? --Addison. [1913 Webster]

3. Not tight or close; as, a loose garment. [1913 Webster]

4. Not dense, close, compact, or crowded; as, a cloth of loose texture. [1913 Webster]

With horse and chariots ranked in loose array. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

5. Not precise or exact; vague; indeterminate; as, a loose style, or way of reasoning. [1913 Webster]

The comparison employed . . . must be considered rather as a loose analogy than as an exact scientific explanation. --Whewel. [1913 Webster]

6. Not strict in matters of morality; not rigid according to some standard of right. [1913 Webster]

The loose morality which he had learned. --Sir W. Scott. [1913 Webster]

7. Unconnected; rambling. [1913 Webster]

Vario spends whole mornings in running over loose and unconnected pages. --I. Watts. [1913 Webster]

8. Lax; not costive; having lax bowels. --Locke. [1913 Webster]

9. Dissolute; unchaste; as, a loose man or woman. [1913 Webster]

Loose ladies in delight. --Spenser. [1913 Webster]

10. Containing or consisting of obscene or unchaste language; as, a loose epistle. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

{At loose ends}, not in order; in confusion; carelessly managed.

{Fast and loose}. See under {Fast}.

{To break loose}. See under {Break}.

{Loose pulley}. (Mach.) See {Fast and loose pulleys}, under {Fast}.

{To let loose}, to free from restraint or confinement; to set at liberty. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • at loose ends — {adj. phr.} Without a regular job or settled habits; uncertain what to do next; having nothing to do for a while; undecided; unsettled; restless. * /Feeling at loose ends, I went for a long walk./ * /He had finished college but hadn t found a job …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • at loose ends — {adj. phr.} Without a regular job or settled habits; uncertain what to do next; having nothing to do for a while; undecided; unsettled; restless. * /Feeling at loose ends, I went for a long walk./ * /He had finished college but hadn t found a job …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • at loose ends — (USA) If you are at a loose end, you have spare time but don t know what to do with it …   The small dictionary of idiomes

  • at loose ends — phrasal or at a loose end 1. : lacking a settled occupation or regular employment : uncertain of one s future course of action feeling himself at loose ends no job, no immediate prospects Dixon Wecter at a loose end for a time, he had been… …   Useful english dictionary

  • at\ loose\ ends — adj. phr. Without a regular job or settled habits; uncertain what to do next; having nothing to do for a while; undecided; unsettled; restless. Feeling at loose ends, I went for a long walk. He had finished college but hadn t found a job yet, so… …   Словарь американских идиом

  • at loose ends — mod. nervous and anxious; bored with nothing to do. □ Tom usually works puzzles whenever he’s at loose ends. □ I’m at loose ends on weekends …   Dictionary of American slang and colloquial expressions

  • at loose ends — not knowing what to do esp. because of some upsetting change. He was at loose ends when their long term relationship broke up. Etymology: based on the idea of a string or rope with ends that are not neatly tied together …   New idioms dictionary

  • at loose ends — ever since the factory closed, Don has been at loose ends Syn: with nothing to do, unoccupied, unemployed, at leisure, idle, adrift, with time to kill; bored, twiddling one s thumbs, hanging/kicking around …   Thesaurus of popular words

  • at loose ends — adjective in an uncertain position or situation I am really at loose ends about this choice, I am between the proverbial rock and hard place …   Wiktionary

  • at loose ends — disorganized, unable to concentrate    I was at loose ends when the kids were fighting. I couldn t think …   English idioms

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