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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Examples of unclog in a Sentence

He had a procedure done to unclog his arteries. finding ways to unclog busy roads
Recent Examples on the Web In fact, exfoliation removes the outer layers of dead skin cells, helping to brighten and smooth the face, even out pigmentation, unclog pores, and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, Dr. Bridges explains. Dina Cheney, SELF, "Here's Exactly How and When to Use 5 Basic Skin-Care Staples," 4 Oct. 2019 Officials in Tri Valley and San Joaquin County are pressing for a new Valley Link railroad that would run from Stockton to the Dublin/Pleasanton BART Station, and possibly help unclog Altamont Pass. Rachel Swan, SFChronicle.com, "To fight climate change, car-loving California must overhaul transportation. Can it?," 22 Sep. 2019 Beyond its antibacterial properties, the gel has salicylic acid, an exfoliant that unclogs pores and acts as an anti-inflammatory on acne-producing oil glands. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "The 5 Best Benefits of Aloe Vera Gel, According to Dermatologists," 8 July 2019 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

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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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14 Nov 2019

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“Unclog.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unclogs. Accessed 22 November 2019.

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English Language Learners Definition of unclog

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

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