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unbar

[uhn-bahr] /ʌnˈbɑr/
verb (used with object), unbarred, unbarring.
1.
to remove a bar or bars from; open; unlock; unbolt:
to unbar a door.
Origin of unbar
1300-1350
First recorded in 1300-50, unbar is from the Middle English word unbarren. See un-2, bar1
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Examples from the Web for unbarring
Historical Examples
  • She went to the window, and unbarring the shutters, opened it.

    Temporal Power Marie Corelli
  • She was busy unbolting and unbarring by now, and Miss Clotilda had disappeared.

    The Old Pincushion Mrs. Molesworth
  • unbarring the door, he opened it, entered, and closed it carefully behind him.

    If Any Man Sin H. A. Cody
  • She had come to the first barn now, and, unbarring the door, went in.

    The Good Comrade Una L. Silberrad
  • There was a noise of unbarring and unlocking the front door, which opened straight from the night into the room.

    Sons and Lovers David Herbert Lawrence
  • A faint sound of unbarring came from behind the door, which quickly opened, and they dodged into the room.

    Frank Merriwell's Chums

    Burt L. Standish
  • And, unbarring the front door, she presently admitted the trio returning to claim the fruits of their honest labor.

    Waring's Peril Charles King
  • They will come up in twos and threes and, just as the guard are occupied in unbarring the gate, they will fall upon them.

  • The young man very imprudently was just unbarring the door when the mother sprang from the bed, exclaiming that they were Indians.

    Daniel Boone John S. C. Abbott
  • Up to this tower I trotted every morning before unbarring the door of the Hermitage or the gate of the enclosure.

    Perseverance Island

    Douglas Frazar
British Dictionary definitions for unbarring

unbar

/ʌnˈbɑː/
verb (transitive) -bars, -barring, -barred
1.
to take away a bar or bars from
2.
to unfasten bars, locks, etc, from (a door); open
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