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unbuckle

[uhn-buhk-uh l] /ʌnˈbʌk əl/
verb (used without object), unbuckled, unbuckling.
1.
to unfasten the buckle or buckles of.
2.
to undo a buckle.
Origin of unbuckle
1350-1400
First recorded in 1350-1400, unbuckle is from the Middle English word unboclen. See un-2, buckle
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  • unbuckle his reins, and buckle them on to those of the troopers.

  • He did not unbuckle his safety belt—he rose and it snapped like a string.

    The Jupiter Weapon Charles Louis Fontenay
  • He threw off his jacket and began to unbuckle his cartridge belt.

  • She caught a word, and began to unbuckle the frozen straps of his gear.

    The Secret of the League Ernest Bramah
  • He was about to unbuckle the belt and take it off, but hesitated, feeling that it would not be in his way.

    Draw Swords! George Manville Fenn
  • The German removed his helmet and Tom was glad to unbuckle the straps of his own.

    Ruth Fielding Homeward Bound Alice B. Emerson
  • unbuckle your swords, throw them on the ground, and dismount.

    Mr. Fortescue

    William Westall
  • Now unbuckle your gun-belt with your left hand—your left, I said!

    Bob Hampton of Placer

    Randall Parrish
  • You may unbuckle the strap, Dave, so that he can get out of the berth.

    Stand By The Union Oliver Optic
Word Origin and History for unbuckle
v.

late 14c., from un- (2) "reverse of" + buckle (v.1). Related: Unbuckled; unbuckling.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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