un·​stitch | \ ˌən-ˈstich How to pronounce unstitch (audio) \
unstitched; unstitching

Definition of unstitch

transitive verb

: to take out the stitches of : to undo or separate by removing stitches unstitch a seam

Examples of unstitch in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The energy reforms of 2013 began to unstitch this by allowing foreign firms to bid for oil contracts in transparent auctions broadcast online. The Economist, "The murky future of two Latin American oil giants," 14 June 2018 Since Steinhoff recently withdrew that sponsorship, athletes have been forced to unstitch its emblem from their jerseys and groundsmen to take down the posters and signs that bore the company’s name. Janice Kew, Bloomberg.com, "Steinhoff’s Angry Hometown Erases Traces of Its Fallen Star," 2 Feb. 2018 One afternoon, after finishing a cup of coffee in her living room, Greta discovered how to unstitch herself. Sam Sacks, WSJ, "The Best New Fiction," 20 Oct. 2017 They sutured closed a single eye of an eight-day-old kitten and unstitched it three months later. Nicola Twilley, The New Yorker, "Seeing with Your Tongue," 15 May 2017

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First Known Use of unstitch

1538, in the meaning defined above

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“Unstitch.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unstitch. Accessed 22 Sep. 2020.

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