See also: at-large
- (idiomatic) On the loose; roaming freely; not confined.
- For a nervous twenty-four hours, three wanted criminals were at large in the city.
- The ambassador-at-large was designated to the Middle East as a region, rather than to a specific country.
- (obsolete) In full, fully.
1621, Democritus Junior [pseudonym; Robert Burton], The Anatomy of Melancholy, Oxford: Printed by Iohn Lichfield and Iames Short, for Henry Cripps, OCLC 216894069; The Anatomy of Melancholy, 2nd corrected and augmented edition, Oxford: Printed by John Lichfield and James Short, for Henry Cripps, 1624, OCLC 54573970, (please specify |partition=1, 2, or 3):, vol.I, New York 2001, p.236:
- The like example I find in Lælius à Fonte Eugubinus, consult. 129 […]. Read in him the story at large.
- In general; as a whole.
- Some people support the measure, but the community at large will probably be against it.
- (US, politics, of an election) Having an electorate across multiple districts.
- The city has five city council districts; however, the mayor is elected at large.
on the loose
having an electorate across multiple districts