un·​hinge | \ ˌən-ˈhinj \
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.

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Despite this tendency to unhinge people, boot-cuts enjoyed considerable popularity not that long ago. Jacob Gallagher, WSJ, "Why Boot-Cut Jeans Are (Still) Bad," 28 Dec. 2018 But the fact that everything Gritty does feels slightly off balance and unhinged, rather than subject to intense corporate control, meant something unusual happened. Todd Vanderwerff, Vox, "Gritty’s evolution from googly-eyed hockey mascot to meme to leftist avatar, explained," 24 Dec. 2018 Meanwhile, one particularly unhinged -- while MSNBC conspiracy TV morning host seems to have really forgotten just how devastating 9/11/2001 was. Fox News, "George Papadopoulos on what he wants the American people to know," 12 Sep. 2018 The aloof approach especially suits Cruz, a strident tea party hero who delighted in infuriating both parties’ congressional powerbrokers before Trump arrived to unhinge them even more. Washington Post, "Ted Cruz runs for re-election as though it’s still 2016," 15 Apr. 2018 For much of 2017, Republicans sought to portray Democrats as unhinged by the president, obsessed with scandal. James Hohmann, Washington Post, "The Daily 202: Trump gets schooled in Syria on how much his words matter," 9 Apr. 2018 Rudy Giuliani’s recent comments in interviews seem both unhinged and unhelpful. Sean Illing, Vox, "Did Rudy Giuliani just get Trump in legal trouble? I asked 11 legal experts.," 3 May 2018 Former followers said Alamo grew increasingly unhinged after his wife Susan died from cancer in 1982 at age 59. Stephanie Nolasco, Fox News, "Alamo cult survivor Benjamin Risha describes horrifying beatings in documentary: 'I wanted to know what life was like beyond this'," 4 July 2018 And look, as a general rule, Lakers fans are completely unhinged from reality. Andrew Sharp, SI.com, "Trusting the Lakers' Process in NBA Free Agency," 26 June 2018

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First Known Use of unhinge

1612, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of unhinge was in 1612

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English Language Learners Definition of unhinge

: to make (someone) very upset or mentally ill

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