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

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 Indiana made 10 of its final 13 shots from the field to unhinge a Michigan team that might have penciled itself into the quarterfinals after coasting through 30 minutes largely unchallenged. Michael Cohen, Detroit Free Press, 10 Mar. 2022 The Cowboys hoped their healthy squad was peaking at the right time to unhinge a Cardinals team led by Murray, a North Texas native who had never lost at AT&T Stadium throughout his high school, college and pro careers. Jori Epstein, USA TODAY, 2 Jan. 2022 Midnight Mass cleverly subverts the pagan horror genre, because the religion that threatens to unhinge its followers is mainstream Catholicism. Ars Staff, Ars Technica, 31 Dec. 2021 To clean roller brushes, unhinge the covering (called the brush guard) and pull out the brush. Kristina Mcguirk, Better Homes & Gardens, 24 Sep. 2021 Mosasaurs were the apex predator of the seas that covered much of Alabama, with the largest species reaching 50 feet in length, and jaws that could unhinge like a snake’s to take a bite out of pretty much any creature that crossed its path. Dennis Pillion | Dpillion@al.com, al, 5 Aug. 2021 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, 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, 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, 30 Apr. 2020 See More

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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 25 Jun. 2022.

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