unspool

verb
un·spool | \ˌən-ˈspül \
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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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 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 As the trial has slowly unspooled in the provincial capital of San Francisco Gotera, the evidence given by survivors has helped to establish what happened. New York Times, "Survivors of Massacre Ask: ‘Why Did They Have to Kill Those Children?’," 26 May 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 Milwaukee Bucks President Peter Feigin can unspool a pitch for the team's new arena on command. James B. Nelson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Bucks President Peter Feigin will set aside sales pitch - and vows not to swear - at commencement," 18 May 2018 Like a Charlie Chaplin film, modern-day surveillance videos can unspool a story without making a sound. Amy B Wang, ajc, "Cameras capture every angle of Canadian couple's snack-throwing, ceiling-shattering arrest," 1 July 2018 The powerful recording captures the ensemble’s infectious hybrid of funk and various Caribbean styles while the leader unspools probing lines steeped in vintage Sonny Rollins and John Coltrane. Peter Margasak, Chicago Reader, "British reedist Shabaka Hutchings brings his Caribbean-flavored jazz quartet Sons of Kemet to Chicago," 21 June 2018

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First Known Use of unspool

1940, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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