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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But the screenplay teases other factors, too, notably Joe’s involvement in Charlotte’s becoming unhinged. Caryn James, The Hollywood Reporter, "'The Giant': Film Review | TIFF 2019," 8 Sep. 2019 The front-runners appear almost unhinged in promoting issues that that are not supported by a majority of Americans in polls. Victor Davis Hanson, National Review, "What Could Sink Trump’s Chances in 2020?," 22 Aug. 2019 The looming recession and downturn has the president coming unhinged. Seema Mehta, Los Angeles Times, "2020 candidates condemn Trump, Israel over ban on Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib," 15 Aug. 2019 The front-runners appear almost unhinged in promoting issues that that are not supported by a majority of Americans in polls. Victor Davis Hanson, The Mercury News, "Victor Davis Hanson: What could sink Trump’s chances in 2020?," 23 Aug. 2019 That game-tying homer seemed to unhinge Teheran and lock down the Padres — or at least Margot. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Braves score three in 10th to beat Padres again," 13 July 2019 That’s what [showrunners Michelle and Robert King] want to write about: the world becoming unhinged. Margy Rochlin, latimes.com, "Christine Baranski and ‘The Good Fight’ tackle ‘the world becoming unhinged’," 3 June 2019 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

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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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