un·​hinge | \ ˌən-ˈhinj How to pronounce unhinge (audio) \
unhinged; unhinging; unhinges

Definition of unhinge

transitive verb

1 : to make unstable : unsettle, disrupt unhinge the balance of world peace pressure that would unhinge a less experienced person
2 : to remove from the hinges unhinge a door

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Examples of unhinge in a Sentence

the endless harassment by the guards completely unhinged the prisoners of war I was momentarily unhinged by the unexpected question.
Recent Examples on the Web But Trump's Twitter rampage is just getting started: This was only the first night of speakers, and Trump has already began to unhinge by speaking out against powerhouse Democrats. Elly Belle, refinery29.com, "The Trump Rampage Against Michelle Obama’s Speech Is Just Getting Started," 18 Aug. 2020 The jacket, a ’60s-style number with ostentatious fringe on the front, sides and sleeves, transfixes Georges and then unhinges him. Los Angeles Times, "Review: ‘Deerskin’ is an entrancingly warped love story between a man and his jacket," 30 Apr. 2020 Owners would unhinge leashes so their dogs would run free (both ironic, considering the few signs on the outer edges of the park remind people golf is not allowed and dogs must remain leashed. Marc Bona, cleveland, "Taking a walk to mark 20 years in Northeast Ohio," 30 Apr. 2020 The second act pointedly kicks off with a wild scene in which MacKay’s increasingly unhinged Ned, now a bare-knuckle boxer, stretches out his body before a Union Jack — that hated national symbol of an enemy with many faces, all of them loathsome. Los Angeles Times, "Review: In ‘True History of the Kelly Gang,’ a brutal, sexy, spellbinding take on outlaw legend," 23 Apr. 2020 For all the beautiful jazz standards and Motown gems, there’s a catalogue of Christmas cuts that lean into something a bit more … unhinged. Natalie Maher, Harper's BAZAAR, "11 Funny Christmas Songs Sure to Lighten Up Your Awkward Family Gatherings," 16 Dec. 2019 Those are his only two jobs right now. Fomenting revolutions in blue states with Democratic governors, unhinged is the only word for it. Paul Bedard, Washington Examiner, "Weekly Liberal Media Scream: New York Times columnist calls Trump a mental case, supporters 'reckless'," 20 Apr. 2020 The doors have three hinges, and the bottom hinge keeps coming unhinged, which causes the door to sag on one side. Jeanne Huber, Washington Post, "Repairing a kitchen cabinet hinge can be a complex operation," 9 July 2019 At that moment, nearly 18,000 Chicago fans came unhinged. Chris Fedor, cleveland, "Cleveland Cavaliers taking extra precautions with coronavirus, preparing for possibility of playing games without fans," 11 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of unhinge

1612, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Unhinge.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unhinge. Accessed 6 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of unhinge

: to make (someone) very upset or mentally ill

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