un·​sheathe | \ ˌən-ˈshēt͟h How to pronounce unsheathe (audio) \
unsheathed; unsheathing; unsheathes

Definition of unsheathe

transitive verb

: to draw from or as if from a sheath or scabbard unsheathed his sword

Examples of unsheathe in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Caudill allegedly went back inside and came out with a Katana — a Japanese samurai sword — unsheathed it and threatened to cut off his father’s head. Dmitriy Shapiro, Detroit Free Press, "MSP: Man allegedly assaults paraplegic dad with hammer, threatens to cut off head," 17 Dec. 2019 Then the ranch hands accompanying my mother and me on our journey unsheathe their wide bolo knives. Alfred Miller, The Courier-Journal, "Chasing the American dream: I found my grandpa's slice of the Old West in the Philippines," 2 Dec. 2019 Gould found some melting pianissimos, and Goerke unsheathed a saber of sound that shone the way toward her interpretation of the whole role. Washington Post, "National Symphony Orchestra’s ‘Tristan’ was lacking in D.C. They made up for it in New York.," 18 Nov. 2019 Yet this autumn, in the third year of the Presidency of Donald J. Trump, House Democrats have unsheathed that terrible, mighty sword. Jill Lepore, The New Yorker, "The Invention—and Reinvention—of Impeachment," 21 Oct. 2019 As the train pulled up to the game's familiar train station, the iconic hero landed from a somersault jump by dramatically unsheathing his massive Buster Sword. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Final Fantasy VII Remake headlines Square Enix E3 event, gets March 2020 launch," 11 June 2019 While common decency and office dress codes require more than a few thin straps of material above the knees (even on 90-degree days) these nearly nude numbers leave your feet coolly unsheathed. Rebecca Malinsky, WSJ, "Found: The Ideal Summer Sandal for Women," 21 June 2018 Castillo unsheathed it, pointing the fixed blade at the employee, the report states. Jacob Beltran, San Antonio Express-News, "Police report details robbery, struggle to subdue man fatally shot on Loop 410," 31 Jan. 2018 Upon assuming office, Krasner — who campaigned on a pledge of sweeping reforms — has wasted little time unsheathing his own metaphorical sword. Chris Palmer, Philly.com, "DA Krasner promised change. His first full week showed he meant it.," 13 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of unsheathe

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Unsheathe.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unsheathe. Accessed 20 Jan. 2021.

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un·​sheathe | \ ˌən-ˈshēt͟h How to pronounce unsheathe (audio) \
unsheathed; unsheathing

Kids Definition of unsheathe

: to draw from or as if from a sheath The knight unsheathed a sword.

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