Definition of unspool
1 : to unwind from a spool unspool the cable
2 : to execute or present artfully or gracefully unspooled a jump shot unspooling an intricate tale
: to be presented or revealed on or as if on a motion-picture screen
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First up is the American Visionary Art Museum’s Flicks from the Hill series, unspooling at 9 p.m. Thursdays through Aug. 24.
Case in point: Over the summer, five specialty film fests are unspooling that could slip under the radar of even the most dedicated movie fan.
Related: Cosby Trial: Andrea Constand Testifies That Comedian Sexually Assaulted Her While the wider scandal over Cosby's conduct unspooled over many months, the trial moved quickly with just six days of testimony.
Larry spent two hours with me on tape, unspooling both his early life with Lauren, as well as her death.
The roll of twine goes into the canister with the thread unspooling through one of the big holes in the lid.
The roll of paper will slowly unspool as writers type on the typewriter.
The dialogue was heavy on the sentimental as Boulder’s own last picture show unspooled.
The sound technician had spent days gingerly unspooling deteriorated reel-to-reel tapes for restoration in his Somerset, England, studio.
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