un·​hook | \ ˌən-ˈhu̇k How to pronounce unhook (audio) \
unhooked; unhooking; unhooks

Definition of unhook

transitive verb

1 : to remove from a hook
2 : to unfasten by disengaging a hook
3 : to free from a habit or dependency

Examples of unhook in a Sentence

He unhooked the fish from the line. She reached behind her and unhooked her bra.
Recent Examples on the Web Treat it like a scarf, carefully unhooking it and then stuffing it in the sleeve of your coat so that it does not get separated. Judith Martin, Washington Post, "Miss Manners: Why won’t these guys blow their noses in private?," 15 Nov. 2019 In the waiting room on Friday, Wang Hongyan, 66 years old, cried out for a nurse to unhook her husband from an empty IV bag, but the nurse was busy attending to another patient. Stu Woo, WSJ, "Hospitals Pushed to the Brink in Wuhan: ‘I Just Want to Save His Life’," 7 Feb. 2020 My stomach lurched as a woman hung upside down on the pole, then released both hands to unhook her bra, holding on by the delicate hook of her knee. Annie Vainshtein, San Francisco Chronicle, "Getting intimate at the Condor," 13 Feb. 2020 Thus, any tidy VR users who unhook and stow their headsets when not in use wouldn't be counted. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Steam: Virtual reality’s biggest-ever jump in users happened last month," 12 Feb. 2020 Then at the hospital, Mubaiwa waited for her husband’s security officers to leave the room before allegedly unhooking his intravenous lines. Kim Bellware, Washington Post, "Wife of Zimbabwe vice president charged with money laundering, marriage fraud and attempting to kill her husband," 17 Dec. 2019 The Texas man didn't think twice before trying to unhook the dog from its leash One Texas man took neighborly duties to a whole new level this week. Georgia Slater, PEOPLE.com, "Man Saves Neighbor's Dog After the Animal's Leash Gets Stuck in Moving Elevator Door," 12 Dec. 2019 Macdonald, still riding it like a bronco, unhooked the lines. Susan Casey, Outside Online, "One Man's Wild Quest to Reach the Bottom of Every Ocean," 22 Oct. 2019 Some anglers also found to their chagrin that those multiple hooks stuck in hands and legs just as quickly as in bass—unhooking an A-rig fish was ticklish business. Frank Sargeant, al, "Digging deeper into the rise and fall of the Alabama Rig," 29 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of unhook

1611, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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20 Apr 2020

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“Unhook.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unhook. Accessed 2 Jun. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of unhook

: to remove (something) from a hook
: to open or remove (something that is attached with hooks)


un·​hook | \ ˌən-ˈhu̇k How to pronounce unhook (audio) \
unhooked; unhooking

Kids Definition of unhook

1 : to remove from a hook He unhooked the fish.
2 : to unfasten the hooks of I unhooked my belt.

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