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Loose, v.1 P.t. and p.p. loos(s)ed also loozat. [Adoption of e.m.E. loose (1526), looce (1548–9), in place of Sc. Lows v.1 or Los v.2: cf. also Luis.] To loose, undo, release, cast off, redeem, etc., in senses of Lows v.1 (1) Howsoever our bodies be loosed to all dissolution … yet the spunks [of the Spirit] are not idle; R. Bruce Serm. 150.
Æolus … in chaines more stoutly them confining, … [being] a prince imposed To let or loose their rains; Mure Dido & Æn. i. 220.
Elspit Gray … [said] that William Hill hade yocked a pleugh that he should not loose in heast; 1650 Brechin Presb. 27.
When Satan is loosed out of his prison, shall he not deceive the nations? a 1661 J. Guthrie Considerations (1846) 249.
Ye desired him to loose his breast … and ye stracked his side three several times with your luif; 1662 Soc. Ant. XXII. 223.
Hic-haec-conjunx, Jack of Leyden, Brother Loose-down, Sister Slyding [marg. Buggery, &c.]; G. Stuart Joco-Ser. Disc. 38.
That a knot may be cast to unite you to Him never to be loosed; Renwick Serm. 409.
(2) They wer informed of some scandelous doctrine preached in Dysert be the said Mr. William for which he was loosed from Dysert; 1652 Kirkcaldy Presb. 381.
He had a relation to a charge in Ireland … from which he could not … be loosed in ane orderly way; 1689 Cramond Kirk S. III. 13 Nov. (6 Dec.).
(3) Mr. Mungo and your cofferes haid not loossed from Dysert the tent of this monethe by reasone of tempestes; 1623 Laing MSS. I. 159.
They at last came to Lochfergus, whence they loosed November the third; 1676 Row in Blair Autobiog. 144.
(4) [The lands,] through the forfalture of the said deceast James Earll of Montrose, are now redeeme and loozat of forefalture; 1657 Strathblane Par. 15.
The requisition being made contrair to the contract, it could not be valid to loose the infeftment; 1665 Decis. Lords G. 94.

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