un·​stick | \ ˌən-ˈstik How to pronounce unstick (audio) \
unstuck\ ˌən-​ˈstək How to pronounce unstuck (audio) \; unsticking

Definition of unstick

transitive verb

: to release from a state of adhesion

Examples of unstick in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The mere anticipation of the Fed programs has helped to unstick corporate credit, which had ground to a halt amid shutdowns and financial market tumult. New York Times, "Stocks Fall on Recovery Fears and China Tensions: Live Updates," 4 May 2020 The Fed is hoping the cash injections unstick the markets. Matt Egan, CNN, "Fed dusts off 2008 playbook to avoid another financial crisis," 19 Mar. 2020 Dear Readers: To unstick a zipper, run a dry bar of soap or a candle along it. Washington Post, "Hints From Heloise: Move on over!," 10 Dec. 2019 Physical exfoliants are scrubs, which slough away old cells with gritty substances and a touch of elbow grease, whereas chemical exfoliants use dead skin cell melting substances like glycolic or lactic acids to unstick stubborn cells. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, "How to Get Glowing Skin," 25 June 2018 Everyone blamed everyone else for the incident, but the fragile glue that had held public order together began to unstick. Nan Randall, The Atlantic, "'Charlottesville': A Government-Commissioned Story About Nuclear War," 25 Jan. 2018 Maybe the dealer thinks the float is stuck and by filling the tank frequently Mary might somehow help unstick it. Ray Magliozzi, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Lying gas gauge probably due to bad sending unit," 22 Dec. 2017 Maybe the dealer thinks the float is stuck, and by filling the tank frequently, Mary might somehow help unstick it. Ray Magliozzi, The Seattle Times, "Lying gas gauge probably due to bad sending unit," 29 Aug. 2017 An agreement could unstick the logjam surrounding the rights of EU citizens which is slowing the divorce talks and risks delaying the trade deal May wants. Tim Ross, Bloomberg.com, "U.K. Considers Alternatives to EU Court to Break Brexit Logjam," 31 July 2017

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First Known Use of unstick

1706, in the meaning defined above

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“Unstick.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unstick. Accessed 21 Sep. 2020.

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