un·​stuck | \ˌən-ˈstək \

Definition of unstuck 

: brought into a state of disarray, discomposure, or incoherence the deal came unstuck

Examples of unstuck in a Sentence

We couldn't get the steering wheel unstuck.

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Its unstuck-in-time structure is, one supposes, meant to be anchored by a scene threaded through the narrative in which Gotti’s eldest son, John A. Gotti, visits his ailing father in prison. New York Times, "Review: John Travolta Has the Dapper Look, but ‘Gotti’ Is a Mess," 15 June 2018 Therapy is ideal for getting unstuck from entrenched thought patterns. Amy Dickinson, chicagotribune.com, "Marriage at midlife can be one long slog," 20 Apr. 2018 The Eagles became unstuck without their talismanic figure, and for all the intricacies of the aforementioned trio, the defence looked open and unprotected without Jedinak. SI.com, "'He Comes From Serbia...': The Impact of Luka Milivojevic & How He Stepped Into Mile Jedinak's Shoes," 31 Oct. 2017 Unlike in elite competitions, where the U.S. women win titles by 8 points, the margins in college gymnastics are razor-thin, typically coming down to just a few tenths—just a handful of unstuck vault landings or beam wobbles. Dvora Meyers, Slate Magazine, "The joys of women’s college gymnastics, the best show on TV.," 10 Feb. 2017 Affleck, now ungrounded in space, becomes unstuck in time, getting thrown back a few hundred years to observe the first settlers who find the land that will one day be his property. Ben Sachs, Chicago Reader, "Film / Paranormal A Ghost Story is a haunting film about haunting," 14 July 2017 Has time become stuck, or has Phil’s consciousness become unstuck? Michael Schulman, The New Yorker, "The Tao of “Groundhog Day,” Onstage," 18 Apr. 2017 After texting a friend for advice on a design challenge, McRae decided to launch a collaborative forum to help others get unstuck. Atlanta Life, ajc, "Eyecatchers," 1 Apr. 2017

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First Known Use of unstuck

1911, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of unstuck

: able to move freely : no longer stuck

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