unhinge

verb un·hinge \ ˌən-ˈhinj \
Updated on: 10 May 2018

Definition of unhinge

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

  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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in the meaning defined at sense 1

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Definition of unhinge for English Language Learners

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



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