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

Examples of unspool in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Beginning in 1969, the narrative flashes back to gradually unspool the story of Kya (Edgar-Jones), who is abandoned by her family at a young age and left alone with her violently abusive father (Garret Dillahunt). Brian Lowry, CNN, 13 July 2022 For Trump, those court appointments were always secondary to his dream of a border wall and his determination to unspool the health care law enacted by his predecessor/enemy, Barack Obama. Gilbert Garcia, San Antonio Express-News, 30 June 2022 Similar to last year, the TIFFCOM film and TV rights market will be held online November 1– 3, while the Tokyo Filmex festival will unspool in partnership with TIFF Oct 30-Nov. 7 at two venues in Tokyo. Mark Schilling, Variety, 28 Sep. 2021 This area is best accessed from a network of paved and dirt roads that unspool south from the port city of La Paz, past groves of saguaro cactus and through the fishing pueblo of Agua Amarga, where the Lucero family has lived for five generations. Adam Skolnick, Outside Online, 4 May 2022 Realistic social interactions unspool alongside smooth, lush, stylized dancing that arises naturally, out of nowhere. Washington Post, 22 Apr. 2022 The language seems designed to unspool all the various layers of this moment. Lynn Steger Strong, The New Republic, 16 Mar. 2022 The documentary uses contemporary interviews, reenactments and archival footage to unspool its story. Detroit Free Press Staff, Detroit Free Press, 11 Mar. 2022 All in all, the fest will unspool 115 titles over its five-day span, with 48 of them features. Andrew Barker, Variety, 10 Nov. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of unspool

1940, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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18 Jul 2022

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“Unspool.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unspool. Accessed 18 Aug. 2022.

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