The idiom “at large” has been in use since the late 16th century and means to be free or at liberty, typically after having escaped from confinement. The term “at large” is often used to describe someone who is on the loose and is considered dangerous or a fugitive from the law.
- The serial killer is still at large, and the police have warned the public to be vigilant.
- The thief managed to escape from prison and is now at large, and the authorities are doing everything they can to recapture him.
- After the prison break, the dangerous criminals were at large for several days, causing panic in the community.
- The escaped lion was still at large in the surrounding area, and residents were advised to stay indoors until it was caught.