unspool

verb
un·​spool | \ ˌən-ˈspül How to pronounce unspool (audio) \
unspooled; unspooling; unspools

Definition of unspool

transitive verb

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

intransitive verb

: to be presented or revealed on or as if on a motion-picture screen

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In a soft-spoken voice, Ms. Mouraud unspools a four-and-half-minute critique of Mr. Macron and his decision to introduce higher fuel taxes and stricter emissions standards. Noemie Bisserbe, WSJ, "France’s Macron, Astride the Globe, Overlooked Swelling Anger at Home," 7 Dec. 2018 Wires stretched across the track connected to a sewing-machine-size box containing four roller-skate-size wheels that printed times on long strips of unspooling paper. Alyson Sheppard, Popular Mechanics, "Who Won the First Indy 500? We Still Don't Know," 23 May 2011 President Trump unspooled a wide-ranging defense of his foreign policy -- including recent meetings with the leaders of Russia and North Korea -- during a rally to boost support for U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta's Senate campaign. Samuel Chamberlain, Fox News, "Trump defends Russia and North Korea meetings, attacks 'overrated' Bob Casey at Pennsylvania rally," 2 Oct. 2018 In one clearing, a gargoyle’s unspooled tongue made a children’s slide. Henry Wismayer, WSJ, "An Unmissable Summer Holiday in the Baltics," 22 Aug. 2018 Like a Charlie Chaplin film, modern-day surveillance videos can unspool a story without making a sound. Amy B Wang, Washington Post, "Cameras capture every angle of Canadian couple’s snack-throwing, ceiling-shattering arrest," 30 June 2018 Like a Charlie Chaplin film, modern-day surveillance videos can unspool a story without making a sound. Amy B Wang, Washington Post, "Cameras capture every angle of Canadian couple’s snack-throwing, ceiling-shattering arrest," 30 June 2018 Like a Charlie Chaplin film, modern-day surveillance videos can unspool a story without making a sound. Amy B Wang, Washington Post, "Cameras capture every angle of Canadian couple’s snack-throwing, ceiling-shattering arrest," 30 June 2018 The story unspools from there as decisions about how to handle it are made around her by her image-conscious mother and the show’s producers. Nina Maclaughlin, BostonGlobe.com, "A debut novel turns on a pregnant minister’s daughter and reality TV star; Maine literary award winners," 27 June 2018

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First Known Use of unspool

1940, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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