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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Synonyms & Antonyms for unclog


clear, free, open, unplug, unstop


block, clog (up), close, dam (up), plug (up), stop

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Examples of unclog in a Sentence

He had a procedure done to unclog his arteries. finding ways to unclog busy roads

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Currently, a company called Geotech has taken it on to clear debris out of right of ways, unclog waterways, and my also repair cracked pipes. Laura Bednar, cleveland.com, "Independence works to rectify flooding complaints throughout the city," 24 Aug. 2019 Removing Scrub Charcoal and 2% salicylic acid pack a one-two punch against pimples, plus the gritty texture provides physical exfoliation to unclog pores. Christina Heiser, NBC News, "What are the best skin care products for acne-prone skin? Look for these key ingredients," 25 July 2019 By 2012 Judge Norko was instrumental in Limited Scope Representation becoming a reality, that is participation by lawyers on parts of pro se cases to unclog the court system. courant.com, "Raymond R. Norko," 1 Sep. 2019 Ingredients to look out for: Benzoyl peroxide to kill acne-causing bacteria, salicylic acid to help exfoliate and unclog pores, and retinoids to help control cell turnover, which allows clogged cells to shed and prevents them from clogging. Marci Robin, Good Housekeeping, "10 Tried-and-True Ways to Get Rid of Pimples Fast," 14 June 2019 The city had a dedicated phone line for fireworks complaints to keep 911 lines unclogged, but the hotline only received nine calls on July 4, Pyle said. Hillary Davis, Daily Pilot, "Costa Mesa police take fewer than 500 fireworks-related calls over 4th of July holiday season," 18 July 2019 Formulated with salicylic acid in addition to clay, this mask works in five minutes to deeply clean and unclog pores without irritation. Christina Heiser, NBC News, "The best products for oily skin, according to dermatologists," 6 July 2019 Within that, there will be some easy potential fixes that could unclog free agency. Jon Tayler, SI.com, "After Kimbrel and Keuchel Signings, the State of MLB Free Agency Remains Bleak," 12 June 2019 The company has spent tens of millions of dollars on extra equipment, labor hours and fuel to unclog the network. Paul Ziobro, WSJ, "Union Pacific’s Cure for Congestion: Imitate a Rival," 19 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of unclog

circa 1616, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of unclog

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

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