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.

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That demographic fact may be why an otherwise hyper-political and often unhinged California state government apparently does not dare rename, remodel, or close down the touristy missions. Victor Davis Hanson, National Review, "The Cowardly Incoherence of Name-Changing, Statue-Toppling, and other Iconoclasms," 25 June 2019 Look out for Gronk gone wild, Gronk unhinged, Gronk unleashed. Dan Gelston, The Seattle Times, "Gronk unleashed: Gronkowski sets course for retirement fun," 25 Mar. 2019 The senior Trump staffer under the cloak of anonymity spends a wildly unflattering tale of a president supposedly unhinged from reality making impulsive decisions that supposedly blindside and frustrate top officials and perpetual damage control. Fox News, "Kellyanne Conway reacts to anonymous 'resistance' NYT op-ed," 5 Sep. 2018 True, their visitor looks unhinged as well as shabby, but no rebuff, however threatening, no orders to stay away, will deter Calgary—a haunting portrayal by Mr. Treadaway. Dorothy Rabinowitz, WSJ, "‘Ordeal by Innocence’ Review: A Suspect in the Family," 9 Aug. 2018 As Adelaide reckons with this reality, she is completely unhinged in a masterful performance from Nyong’o. Candice Frederick, Harper's BAZAAR, "Us Offers a Terrifying Vision of Judgement Day," 26 Mar. 2019 To them, the mere thought that the president has violated the law is unhinged #Resistance nonsense. David French, National Review, "Trump’s Impeachment Prospects Have Little to Do with the Law," 7 Jan. 2018 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

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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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