un·​clog | \ ˌən-ˈkläg How to pronounce unclog (audio) \
unclogged; unclogging; unclogs

Definition of unclog

transitive verb

: to free from a difficulty or obstruction

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He had a procedure done to unclog his arteries. finding ways to unclog busy roads
Recent Examples on the Web Researchers felt that the best way to unclog her brain cells was to inject the gene therapy directly into her thalamus, two oval structures deep inside the brain that act as sort of a highway junction, connecting paths from many parts of the brain. USA Today, "An experimental gene therapy was little Alissa's only hope. Now, instead of certain death, she faces an uncertain future.," 25 Apr. 2021 Because a clog is usually the main cause of a toilet that won’t flush, the first thing to do is to try to unclog it. Angela Watson, chicagotribune.com, "How to fix a toilet that won’t flush," 29 Mar. 2021 The Ever Green has been partially re-floated, raising hopes that the vessel will sail again soon, and that global trade will unclog. Bernhard Warner, Fortune, "Margin mayhem—finance stocks sink as Wall Street frets over billions in bad trades," 29 Mar. 2021 Don’t mess with plungers and traditional methods to unclog your toilets. Popular Science, "Check out these deals on household cleaning appliances," 21 Jan. 2021 The easiest way to try to unclog them is to pour in a chemical drain cleaner, said Ms. Sebestyen. New York Times, "Do It Yourself Home Repairs," 5 Dec. 2020 During the first Space Shuttle mission in 1981, astronauts had to unclog the smelly toilets, making for a messy scene. Jennifer Leman, Popular Mechanics, "It's Hard to Poop on the Moon. NASA Wants You to Make It Easier.," 25 June 2020 But when time is of the essence, here's how to unclog a toilet without a plunger. Blair Donovan, Country Living, "How to Unclog a Toilet Without a Plunger," 28 Apr. 2020 However, workers have to shut down the pumps, manually unclog them and haul the garbage to a landfill when things get too bad. USA TODAY, "State fair upheaval, sewage testing, new mask rules: News from around our 50 states," 20 June 2020

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First Known Use of unclog

circa 1616, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of unclog was circa 1616

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8 May 2021

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“Unclog.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unclog. Accessed 9 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of unclog

: to open (something) so things can pass or flow through

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