unhinge

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verb un·hinge \ˌən-ˈhinj\

Definition of unhinge

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to make unstable :  unsettle, disrupt <unhinge the balance of world peace> <pressure that would unhinge a less experienced person>

  3. 2 :  to remove (as a door) from the hinges

Examples of unhinge in a sentence

  1. <the endless harassment by the guards completely unhinged the prisoners of war>

  2. <I was momentarily unhinged by the unexpected question.>

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First Known Use of unhinge

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UNHINGE Defined for English Language Learners

unhinge

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verb un·hinge \ˌən-ˈhinj\

Definition of unhinge for English Language Learners

  • : to make (someone) very upset or mentally ill



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