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[uhn-klench] /ʌnˈklɛntʃ/
verb (used with or without object)
to open or become opened from a clenched state.
Also, unclinch
[uhn-klinch] /ʌnˈklɪntʃ/ (Show IPA)
Origin of unclench
First recorded in 1300-50, unclench is from the Middle English word unclenchen. See un-2, clench Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Tug as he would at the old man's wrists, the hangman could not force him to unclench his hands.

    Barnaby Rudge Charles Dickens
  • Nor did he unclench his hands during all the time they sang.

  • A second glance induced him to unclench his fists and reel round the corner on his way to a neighbouring grog-shop.

  • But his fists would clench and unclench as he stared up at the visi-screen.

    Hawk Carse Anthony Gilmore
  • She struggled for self-control, and I saw her hands clench and unclench spasmodically.

    The Moon and Sixpence W. Somerset Maugham
  • She saw his nostrils dilate and his fists clench and unclench.

    H. R. Edwin Lefevre
  • He tries to draw it back, but it is clenched, and he has not the wisdom to unclench it.

    Self-Help Samuel Smiles

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